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Sat, 28 Jun, 2014 12:08:51 AM
Helsinki University attack plot
FTimes-STT Report, June 28
File picture of the accused involved in the plan attack at Helsinki University campus at the Helsinki District Court during the hearing of the case on 26 May 2014. Photo – Lehtikuva.
The Helsinki District Court on Friday sentenced a young man and woman to three years’ imprisonment each for plotting to launch an indiscriminate attack on the University of Helsinki campus.
The sentence handed to the man was one month longer as he was found in possession of materials sexually offensive to children.
According to the court, the duo planned to carry out a random attack at the university with an aim to kill at least 50 people.
The court termed their intention extremely crude and cruel.
On the first day of the trial, the prosecution revealed that the two had planned to use poisonous gas to kill indiscriminately.
The two also planned to steal firearms from a gun shop.
The prosecution insisted that the attack was postponed only because the accused wanted to prepare it carefully.
The woman admitted to having discussed the attack, but she said her real intention was to get some kind of human contact.
The plot prompted the University of Helsinki to announce that it intended to review its security measures.
Earlier, preliminary investigations revealed that the woman wanted to have revenge on people who had been oppressive to her.
She is reported to have said that she wanted to carry out the attack, because the state had prevented her from bringing the oppressors to justice.
The university was thus a target, because it is a place where humanists study. The woman is said to have expressed hatred towards humanists as they picture themselves as experts in social affairs.
The male suspect is said to have experienced bullying during primary and vocational schooling.
According to preliminary investigations, the man wanted to show the worst that bullying could lead to.
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