Bomber's brother appears in court charged with murder of Sheffield woman and 21 others killed in Manchester Arena blast

The younger brother of the Manchester Arena bomber has appeared at the Old Bailey charged with 22 counts of murder.

Thursday, 10th October 2019, 12:02 pm
Updated Friday, 11th October 2019, 15:03 pm

Salman Abedi, 22, detonated a suicide vest as music fans left an Ariana Grande concert on May 22, 2017, killing 22 people and injuring 260 others.

Among those killed was 32-year-old Kelly Brewster, from Arbourthorne, Sheffield, who attended the concert with her sister and niece.

Kelly Brewster died in the Manchester Arena bomb blast

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Bomber Abedi’s sibling, Hashem Abedi, who was raised in Manchester, travelled to Libya before the attack.

The defendant, now aged 22, was arrested in Tripoli and was extradited to the UK in July.

It is claimed he made successful and unsuccessful attempts to buy bomb-making chemicals.

He also allegedly helped in the purchase of a Nissan Micra to store device components and made detonator tubes for use in the explosive.

Today, Abedi appeared in the dock of Court 2 at the Old Bailey in London for a plea and trial preparation hearing before senior judge Mr Justice Baker.

The defendant was not asked to enter pleas to the charges and the hearing was adjourned to October 22.

Abedi is charged with 22 counts of murder - one for each person killed in the attack.

He also faces a single count of attempted murder for all the other victims, and conspiring with his brother to cause explosions.

The defendant, who is in custody, is due to face trial at the Old Bailey from November 11.