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Teen who plotted attack on Justin Bieber concert sentenced to life in prison

March 4, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Teen who plotted attack on Justin Bieber concert sentenced to life in prison Lloyd Gunton South Wales Police

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On Friday, a 17-year-old who was planning an ISIS-inspired attack during a Justin Bieber concert in Wales was hit with a sentence of life behind bars.

Authorities arrested Lloyd Gunton, who was  “hours away from committing an act of atrocity” back in June 2017 — the day Justin Bieber was scheduled to perform in a concert in the capital of Cardiff.

The teen, from Llantrisant in South Wales, had examined the security details of the concert and had uploaded terror-related posts on his social media account, which included photos of the ISIS flag, the BBC reported.

His password for his Instagram was “truck attack,” according to law enforcement officials.

One post stated: “May Allah bring terrorism to Cardiff on 30th June.”

The aspiring terrorist also had looked into how to carry out a vehicular attack, and how to stab and murder. His internet searches included “ISIS beheading video,” “How to create a terror attack” and “What getting shot feels like.”

He was busted with a knife and a hammer, along with a “martyrdom letter” that said: “I am a soldier of the Islamic State. I have attacked Cardiff because your government keeps bombing targets in Syria and Iraq. There will be more attacks in the future.”

Gunton was convicted of one charge of engaging in the preparation of a terrorist act, two counts of encouraging terrorism and two charges of possession of terrorist information.

He needs to serve at least 11 years behind bars before becoming eligible for parole.

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