Brother of Manchester Arena bomber who killed Sheffield woman goes on trial

The brother of the Manchester Arena bomber who killed a Sheffield woman has gone on trial, accused of being ‘just as guilty’.

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 1:26 pm
Updated Thursday, 13th February 2020, 11:35 am

On May 22, 2017, Hashem Abedi's brother, Salman, detonated a bomb as music fans left an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester - killing 22 people and injuring more.

One of the victims was 32-year-old Kelly Brewster, from Arbourthorne, Sheffield.

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Hashem Abedi, 22, is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of helping his brother plan the suicide attack.

Prosecutor Duncan Penny QC said: “On the evening of Monday, May 22, 2017, in the public foyer outside one of the entrances to the Manchester Arena in central Manchester shortly after the conclusion of a concert by the singer Ariana Grande, this defendant's brother detonated a large home-made improvised explosive device - a bomb packed with shrapnel contained in a rucksack on his back.

“The effects of the resulting explosion were both sudden and lethal.

“Twenty two people, men, women, teenagers and a child, were killed.

“Twenty eight people were very seriously injured, a further 63 people were seriously injured, 111 others were also hospitalised.

“The prosecution’s case is that this defendant is just as guilty of the murder of the 22 people killed as was his brother.

“He is equally guilty of the attempted murder of many others and in doing so he was guilty of agreeing with his brother to cause an explosion or explosions of a nature likely to endanger life.”

Mr Penny said Abedi had assisted and encouraged his brother.

Abedi allegedly obtained chemicals for a home-made bomb, got metal containers to construct it, found an address in Manchester to manufacture the explosive and store it and bought screws and nails for shrapnel.

Mr Penny said the explosion was the result of months of planning, experimentation and preparation by the brothers.

The device was packed with shrapnel made of nuts, cross dowels and screws, jurors were told.

Mr Penny said: “Such was the ferocity of this explosion that Salman Abedi was dismembered in the process.”

Abedi denies murder, attempted murder and conspiring with his brother to cause explosions.