Bomber's brother denies murder of Sheffield woman and 21 others in Manchester Arena blast

The younger brother of the Manchester Arena bomber has denied multiple charges of murder – including that of a Sheffield woman.

Tuesday, 22nd October 2019, 12:21 pm
Updated Tuesday, 22nd October 2019, 6:50 pm

At an Old Bailey hearing in London today, Hashem Abedi's trial, which was due to start next month, was also delayed until the New Year.

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

Kelly Brewster died in a bomb blast at Manchester Arena

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

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

He allegedly made successful and unsuccessful attempts to buy bomb-making chemicals.

It is claimed he helped in buying a Nissan Micra to store device components and he made detonator tubes for use in the explosive.

He appeared at the Old Bailey before senior judge Mr Justice Baker for a plea hearing on today.

The softly spoken defendant wore spectacles, a grey sweatshirt and burgundy T-shirt in the dock.

It took six minutes for all the charges to be read out in court and for Abedi to enter not guilty pleas to each one in turn.

Abedi denied 22 counts of murder - one for each of the bomb attack's victims.

They were Sheffield woman Kelly Brewasrer, 32; Elaine McIver, 43; Saffie Roussos, aged 8; Sorrell Leczkowski, 14; Eilidh MacLeod, 14; Nell Jones, 14; Olivia Campbell-Hardy, 15; Megan Hurley, 15; Georgina Callander, 18; Chloe Rutherford, 17; Liam Curry, 19; Courtney Boyle, 19; Philip Tron, 32; John Atkinson, 26; Martyn Hett, 29; Angelika Klis, 39; Marcin Klis, 42; Michelle Kiss, 45; Alison Howe, 45; Lisa Lees, 43; Wendy Fawell, 50 and Jane Tweddle, 51.

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

During the hearing, the judge put back the trial from November 11 to January 13.

The case is expected to last for eight weeks.

The defendant was remanded into custody at top security HMP Belmarsh.