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Jury out in terror suspect case
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The man was allegedly found with a soldier's name and address
The jury has retired to consider its verdict in the case of a terror suspect accused of planning to hunt down and kill or injure a British soldier.

Abu Baker Mansha, 21, faces a charge under the Terrorism Act for having the soldier's name and address.

Corporal Mark Byles had been given the military cross for leading an attack on a trench which killed five Iraqi insurgents and captured eight.

Mr Mansha, from Thamesmead in south London, has denied the charge.

Newspaper article

A police raid on his flat in Harold Wilson House, Arnott Close, found a blank-firing gun, which someone was trying to convert to fire live rounds, and DVDs containing "virulent anti-Western propaganda" including footage of Osama Bin Laden and hostage Ken Bigley's beheading, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Lying in a bag was a copy of the Sun newspaper carrying an article about Cpl Byles' actions.

The article described how the soldier had led a charge on a trench of Iraqi rebels which left three insurgents dead and eight taken prisoner.

'Exact revenge'

Two more Iraqis who fired from a second position had also been shot and killed, the report said.

Mr Mansha's fingerprints were on the newspaper, the court heard.

The prosecution claim he intended either to kill the Cpl Byles, or do him serious injury, to exact revenge for what he had achieved in Iraq.

The jury has been sent home for the night and will resume its deliberations on Thursday.


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