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Friday, 30 June, 2000, 16:45 GMT 17:45 UK
'Justice has been done'

Survivors say the verdict must serve as a warning
Relatives of the three people who died in the bomb blasts and survivors have spoken of their relief that David Copeland has been convicted of murder and sentenced to six life sentences.

The blasts killed Andrea Dykes, 27, who was pregnant, and friends John Light, 32 and Nik Moore, 31, from Essex and injured many others.

Phil Maddock, the father of Ms Dykes, said the jury had deliberated for so long he had feared they would convict him of manslaughter, not murder.

"If there is any justice in the world this is the correct decision against him," he said.

Andrea Dykes
Andrea Dykes was expecting a baby
"It does not make me feel any better. I don't believe for one second that he has any remorse."

Bob Moore, the father of victim Mr Moore, said: "For the last 14 months I have shed so many tears. To come to court and see Dave Copeland in person, so close to me for the last four weeks has, to say the least, been an ordeal."

Mr Moore said he wanted to thank the Metropolitan Police for their daily help.

"I would also like to thank the many friends we have made in the Soho area," he added.

Outside the Old Bailey Gary Reid, survivor of the Soho blast said: "We are all feeling a deep sense that justice has been done here today for both the survivors and the bereaved families and the thousands of their loved ones who were also effected by these atrocities.

Police thanked

"The fear, loathing, hatred and ignorance culminating in these bombings is a warning to society and the world as a whole that racism, prejudice, homophobia and fear of difference is out there and we should all challenge it at every opportunity.

"David Copeland has not achieved his aims of fame and power, today's verdict proves he is a dangerous, pathetic nobody who is now where he belongs.

"This trial serves as warning to anyone who shares his deluded beliefs that we as a civilised society will not tolerate any acts of violence against others."

'Pathetic nobody'

Adding to his comments Peggy Hall, whose 15-year-old son Thomas was injured in the Brixton blast, said: "While justice has been done nothing can bring back Andrea, Nik and John back, or undo the anguish of families."

Survivor of the Soho bomb Tommy Douglas, who lost both legs in the blast at the Admiral Duncan pub, said Copeland had showed no remorse throughout the trial.

"I prayed to God that he would go down for murder. He's not a human being," Mr Douglas said.



David Copeland
David Copeland showed no emotion as verdict was read out
"He has shown no remorse. The only time he showed any feelings was when he found out about the child being killed."

Mr Douglas, who now has to use a wheelchair, has had to wear a colostomy bag ever since the explosion because of his injuries.

Mike Franklin, a member of Brixton Police Consultative Committee, said Copeland had failed to ignite a race war as he intended.

"The fact is that when Copeland bombed Brixton he was surprised when he came by the number of white people that he saw.

"Brixton is a multicultural area and he attacked the whole of our community. We all stand together and condemn people like Copleland. Some justice has been done today."

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