The brother of the evil Manchester Arena suicide bomber has refused to enter a courtroom at the Old Bailey to face the brave families of his innocent victims.
Bombmaker Hashem Abedi, 23, faces a life sentence for making the horrific nail bomb which killed 22 people and left dozens more critically injured at an Ariana Grande concert on 22nd May 2017.
The bomb was detonated as mostly children left the arena after enjoying a night out with their friends and family.
Evil Abedi sourced the various components for the indiscriminate device, including metal cylinders and shrapnel.
Dozens of the victims who were not killed by the blast suffered from atrocious injuries from the shrapnel that was intended to kill and maim as many children as possible.
Among those killed were an eight-year-old girl, an off-duty police officer and a brave aunt who shielded her 11-year-old niece from the horrific blast.
In March a jury of 12 men and women convicted Abedi of 22 counts of murder, attempted murder and plotting to cause an explosion likely to endanger life.
It took them just five hours of deliberating for them to reach their verdict.
Evil Abedi fled to Libya and hid in the days before his brother blew himself up. But thanks to the round-the-clock work of the police and security services, the coward was bought back to the UK to face justice.
Abedi’s lawyers were paid for by the UK taxpayer. He ended up ‘sacking’ two legal teams, and he refused to enter the court to give evidence.
The evil pair were radicalised while living alone at the family home in Fallowfield, Manchester after their parents moved to Libya in 2016.
Saffie Rose Roussos, eight, was the youngest victim to die in the attack.
The other victims were: Martyn Hett, 29, Georgina Callander, 18, Olivia Campbell, 15; Off-duty police officer Elaine McIver, 43, John Atkinson, 26, Kelly Brewster, 32, Alison Lowe, 44, and friend Lisa Lees, 43, Marcin Kils, 42, and Angelika Kils, 39, Nell Jones, 14, Jane Tweedle-Taylor, 50, Michelle Kiss, 45, Sorrell Leczkowski, 14, Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, Eilidh MacLeod, 14, Wendy Fawell, 50, Courtney Boyle, 19, and her stepdad Philip Tron, 32, and Megan Hurley, 15.
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