Far-right nailbomb terrorist ‘converts to Islam’ to get ‘second chance’

A far-right terrorist who killed three people in a nail bomb attack has reportedly converted to Islam in the hope of "getting a second chance".

David Copeland, 44, was jailed in 1999 for a series of explosions in London that left three people, including a pregnant woman, dead.

The killer used nail bombs that were left in public spaces in popular, busy, tourist areas including Brixton, Brick Lane and a gay pub in Soho.

Police described the attacks as race-hate attacks and tracked down Copeland, who was 22 at the time, to an address in Sunnybank Road, Cove, Hampshire.

Copeland, who was 22 at the time, immediately admitted that he was responsible, and said he wanted to "stir up a racial war" with homemade explosives targeting London’s black, Bengali and LGBT communities.

The Sun claims he has now converted to Islam and hopes to be "reborn in a different body after death".

HMP Frankland prisoner Copeland has also reportedly asked inmates and security to call him "Saddam" in admiration of the Iraqi dictator.

Andy Ross, 37, who served 11 and a half years for armed robbery alongside Coplenad, said the killer "prays every day" and sees "practising as a Muslim as a way of getting forgiveness".

He said: "Copeland prays every day and sees practising as a Muslim as a way of getting forgiveness and changing.

"But he still has a twisted mind."

Copeland appealed his sentence in March 2007, but the High Court ruled he should remain in prison for at least 50 years, meaning the earliest he could be released is in 2049.

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He appealed on 28 June 2011 but the Court of Appeal upheld the judgement.

In June 2014, Copeland attacked a fellow inmate at M Prison Belmarsh with a homemade blade and later pleaded guilty to wounding with intent in October 2015.

The killer was handed a further three years in prison, of which he will serve eighteen months.

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