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The BBC's Graeme McLagan
"The jury will have to decide on his state of mind"
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Monday, 5 June, 2000, 11:10 GMT 12:10 UK
Nailbomber trial starts
Admiral Duncan
The Admiral Duncan bomb claimed three lives
The trial has begun of a man accused of murdering three people in a pub blast in London last year.

David Copeland, 24, an engineer from Farnborough, Hampshire, admitted the manslaughter of the three, on the grounds of diminished responsibility, at an earlier hearing.

But he denied having committed murder.

The prosecution said then that it was not minded to accept his pleas of guilty to manslaughter, and the hearing was adjourned.

Copeland has also admitted causing explosions in Brixton, Brick Lane and the pub in Soho last year.

The blast at Brixton, south London, occurred at a bus stop during a busy Saturday afternoon on 17 April.

More than 50 people were injured. Two people lost eyes and nine had nails embedded in their bodies.

It was followed a week later by the explosion in Brick Lane, the heart of London's Bangladeshi community, in the East End.

The blast injured 79 people, four of whom lost legs.

The third bomb, on 30 April, was at the Admiral Duncan, a popular gay pub in Old Compton Street, Soho.

The three people who died in the pub blast were Andrea Dykes, 27, John Light, 32 and Nik Moore, 31.

The jury at the Old Bailey must now assess Copeland's state of mind at the time of the attacks.

The Old Bailey trial is expected to last three weeks.

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