A ‘racist’ teenager accused of plotting a Columbine-inspired massacre on Hitler’s birthday has been detained indefinitely in hospital today for reasons unknown.
Michael Piggin outlined plans of deadly attacks on two schools, the local mosque, council offices and Loughborough University in his diary.
Piggin, 16 at the time of his arrest, wrote about arming himself with guns, bombs, and knives in a deadly assault inspired by Anders Behring Breivik. But he claimed the details of his ‘Operation’ were a way of venting his anger rather than serious plans.
Two successive juries could not decide whether he was guilty or not and defendants are never tried for third time. All they had to go by were some “terrorist manuals” Piggin downloaded (possibly 2083), the possession of a knife, and parts for an improvised explosive. Most people have parts in their homes that can be used for improvised explosives, and having a copy of 2083 doesn’t necessarily mean you plan to be the next Justiciar Knight. It’s unclear if writing down violent fantasies in your diary is a crime.
It’s possible sympathizers were on the jury, one of the few aspects the UK government cannot control.
Another case of someone being placed in the insane asylum for their political views.