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Chilling note by bomb plot accused uncovered.

Byline: Sara Nichol Reporter

ATEENAGER accused of planning a mass murder at his former college wrote a chilling note saying it was "beautiful" people were still walking around not realising they were going to die, a court has heard.

Liam Lyburd made the note on his laptop in the days before his alleged planned massacre at Newcastle College. He blamed the college for his "miserable life" after being kicked out in 2012.

The 19-year-old then deleted the file, but it was recovered when his computer was seized following his arrest, a jury was told.

Police searched the home the teenager shared with his mother and sister in Hamilton Place, in Newcastle's West End, after a woman reported concerning messages he'd been sending on Facebook.

Officers found a cache of weapons, including five pipe bombs, two homemade explosive devices, a Glock gun, ammunition, CS gas and a "kill bag", some of which he allegedly bought having hacked internet accounts and used Bitcoin on the "dark" or "deep web", the court heard.

Lyburd has admitted nine counts of making the bombs and explosive devices, possessing the gun, CS gas and ammunition, but denies intending to use them to endanger life.

At his trial at Newcastle Crown Court, prosecutors said a digital investigator had found the chilling note on Lyburd's laptop, which had been created on October 30 but deleted on the evening of November 2 - the day before an attack was allegedly planned.

The note said: "I will see you at Newcastle College today. It's my first day back since 2012, the year in which my life became miserable after being kicked out for nothing.

"I'll get back all my power today hahaha. I'm just looking forward to getting out the house after spending three years in my bedroom alone.

"I hold no grudge against Newcastle College - sarcasm! I hold them responsible for my miserable life, kicking me out for nothing and making me look a fool by not answering my message on Twitter or Facebook.

"You people ruined my whole life, don't expect me to show mercy today. No one disrespects me and gets away with it, I'll teach you people a little lesson on respect with my 9mm jacketed hollow points.

"It's time for extreme civil disobedience. Fantasy will become reality today for sure. 'Where the mind goes, the body will follow', and yes, people will die, there's no question about that. It's funny to think as I'm writing this that people who will die are walking around as if everything is normal, not knowing they're going to die today, it's a beautiful thought."

He signed the document Felix Theodore Burns, a name he used online, the court heard.

Lyburd was kicked out of Newcastle College in 2012, after just five weeks, for disruptive and "shocking" behaviour and very poor attendance.

The court heard images of Lyburd with a gun and black face mask, and a clip from violent film Tower Block were also found on his laptop.

Prosecutors claimed he'd also left messages on social websites showing sympathy for American school shooter Jaylen Fryberg. One read: "No one listens to you when you say you're going to kill people. They only listen to you after you kill people.

"Nothing is taken serious anymore. RIP Jaylen Fryberg."

Psychiatrists said Lyburd was not suffering from a mental illness but did lead a cyber life and had few friends.

Nick Dry, prosecuting, said: "He had an unsettled upbringing and a long-standing fascination with guns and bombs, coupled with disaffection, social awkwardness and thoughts of hurting people. He did display some traits of schizoid personality, which may amount to personality disorder." The psychiatrists concluded Lyburd fully understood the charges against him and would have been aware if he intended to carry out an attack at the college.

Paul Wells, digital investigator from West Yorkshire Police, said Lyburd had also used a site called Evolution to use "Bitcoins" to make a number of purchases, including a Glock gun.

He said: "The Evolution marketplace is a website on the dark web. "It can only be accessed using Tor [an anonymous browsing software]. You can't access this website using a normal browser.

"The reason Evolution exists on the dark web is principally for the buying and selling of illicit goods or services." Mr Wells added: "Bitcoin is an online currency. It's the same as a normal currency, such as pounds, but it's to pay for goods and services principally online.

"The major difference is that Bitcoin is an anonymous currency." During the trial, the jury were also told that, when arrested, Lyburd told officers they'd saved many lives, preventing what would otherwise have been a massacre at the college.

Lyburd denies eight charges of possessing the weapons and ammunition with intent to endanger life. He claims he would never have acted on his words and it was all a fantasy.

The trial continues.


Liam Lyburd, and above right, the weapons allegedly found - pictures courtesy of the CPS
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 25, 2015
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