Damon Smith, a 20-year-old with Asperger’s, has been found guilty of making or possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life after he left a home-made bomb on the London tube.
Smith was described as being “fascinated with bombs and guns” from an early age, however his fascination turned dangerous when he reached the age of 19. After reading about bombs on google, he bought a £2 clock and attached an explosive devise to it. He then boarded an underground train at rush hour and left his rucksack behind. Thinking that it had been left behind, a passenger gave the bag to the train driver who immediately spotted protruding wires and a timer. The bomb was filled with shrapnel and nails, and could have caused “astronomical” damage.