|Jurors have been shown CCTV footage in which two former soldiers are seen throwing petrol bombs at a mosque in Grimsby in an alleged ‘revenge attack’ for the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby.
The Daily Mail, BBC News, Daily Mirror and ITV News all report on the case of a third man, Daniel Cressey, who is accused of driving the two men to the mosque to carry out the attack.
Cressey, 24, denies one charge of aiding and abetting arson.
In footage shown to the jury, Stuart Harness, 33, and Gavin Humphries, 37, can each be seen carrying two home-made petrol bombs from Harness’s home. Cameras also capture the pair launching the bombs at the doors of the Grimsby Islamic Cultural Centre.
Footage shows the petrol bombs being made in the garden of Harness’s home. In one section, shown to the jury, Cressey is seen arriving at the house as a metal table is on fire.
At the start of the trial Judge Mark Bury explained to the jury how the case related to an arson attack on a mosque in Grimsby on May 22. Both Harness and Humphries pleaded guilty charges of arson with intent to endanger life in connection with the attack.
Cressey, who is Harness's cousin, affirms that he was at Harness’s house on the night of the attack and that he drove the two arsonists to the mosque but he claims he was unaware of their intention to bomb it.
Returning to Cressey’s alleged role, prosecutor, Jeremy Evans said: “This was a team effort, members of the jury.”
“He [Cressey] could not have missed the fact that there were homemade petrol bombs being constructed or had been constructed in the property.”
The Grimsby Islamic centre was attacked twice in the first few days following the killing of Drummer Rigby. Eleven teenagers were arrested after the windows of the mosque were smashed in.