Student Damon Smith to admit making and planting ball bearing bomb on London tube train

Student to admit making and planting ball bearing bomb on London tube train

Damon Smith will admit planting a bomb (Stock image)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A student will admit both making and planting a ball bearing bomb on a London tube train, a court has heard.

Damon Smith left an explosive device in a black Adidas bag on a Jubilee Line underground train in October 2016 between London Bridge and Southwark, Court News UK reported.

Two members of the public spotted the bag and alerted the driver at North Greenwich station. The train and platform were then evacuated.

The device was then made safe by snipping a wire, The Telegraph said.

At the hearing today (March 1) Smith's lawyers have said there is no dispute that he was responsible for the device. The issue will now be what his intention was.

The 19-year-old did not appear at the hearing at the Old Bailey today, however is due back in court on March 30.

Previously the court heard that he is a Judo black belt and has Asperger's syndrome. Smith is originally from Devon and moved to London to study IT at London Met University.

He is charged with unlawfully and maliciously making an explosive substance, with intent by means thereof to endanger life or cause serious injury to property or enable another to do so.