Man claimed to have bomb after breaking into Norwich Airport and attacking two staff

PUBLISHED: 08:41 10 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:37 10 July 2018

Norwich Airport. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Airport. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY


An intruder sparked fears of a full-blown terror attack at Norwich International Airport after managing to gain access to a secure part of the site where he attacked two workers and threatened to have a bomb on board a lorry, a court heard.

Police at Norwich Airport after a manwasarrested after getting into a secure area of Norwich International Airport and attacking two people. Picture Dan GrimmerPolice at Norwich Airport after a manwasarrested after getting into a secure area of Norwich International Airport and attacking two people. Picture Dan Grimmer

Malachi Adam-Smith 32, was in an open unit in London, after being jailed for life for causing the death of a cyclist, when he managed to slip the net and make his way to Norwich, where he was found by a maintenance worker in an office in one of the hangars in the early hours chanting and saying “Allahu Akbar”, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Jude Durr, prosecuting, said when challenged by the member of staff, Adam-Smith said he was filming what was happening and was going to blow up the Queen and it was all going to be on TV.

Mr Durr said the worker was concerned and tried to distract him but when he turned his back he felt a forceful blow to his head as he had been struck with a mug by Adam-Smith.

Mr Durr said the victim ran to get help and alerted fellow workers, who went in search of Adam-Smith, who by then had left the office.

Adam-Smith was then found in another hangar rummaging in a tool box and threatened another worker with an inspection mirror holding it to his throat.

In an impact statement the victim said: “I thought this man was absolutely crazy breaking into a secure area and thought he must be a terrorist. I feared for my life.”

He said that Adam-Smith spoke in a calm voice which had made it all the more frightening.

Police had been called but by then Adam-Smith had already made his way to the nearby Anglian Windows site and had jumped in a cab of a lorry, while the driver was making his final safety checks.

Again when challenged he claimed to have a bomb on board the lorry and said that he could fight like a Ninja but the driver managed to get the keys out of the ignition to stop Adam-Smith driving off.

Mr Durr said armed police were quickly on the scene and he was arrested.

Mr Durr said that it was found that he had not taken his medication.

Adam-Smith admitted making a bomb hoax, and assaulting the two workers in the early hours of April 27, last year.

Mr Durr said that Adam-Smith had a number of previous convictions including getting a life sentence in 2007 for killing a cyclist after he stole a van while high on cannabis after escaping from a secure unit in north London. He had admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibilty.

After having an update on his mental health, Judge Anthony Bate made him subject to a hospital order under which he will be kept in a secure unit and will only be released when considered well enough.

He said Adam-Smith had obtained access to a secure part of the airport at a “critical” time when there was heightened anxiety and had threatened to have a bomb on board a lorry which must have been frightening for the staff. He said: “These men were not to know and thought it was real at the time. Fortunately police were quickly on the scene.”

Lynne Shirley, for Adam-Smith, said there was a bed available at a secure unit and said he no recollection of the incident at Norwich airport.

“He was unwell at the time of these events.”

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