Video images of one of the alleged July 21 terror plotters arriving in Birmingham disguised as a Muslim woman dressed in a burka were released today.
Yassin Omar was captured on CCTV at Golders Green coach station in north London and Digbeth coach station, Birmingham, wearing the traditional Muslim woman’s dress.
The 6ft 2in 26-year-old, who was dressed from head to toe in a black burka with a white handbag over his left arm, was seen walking side by side with a woman on the evening of July 22.
They made their way to the London coach station where Omar boarded the 6.20pm National Express service to the Midlands, Woolwich Crown Court was told. Three hours later the bus arrived in Birmingham and Omar disembarked. He sat down on a bench and waited until a red Nissan Sunny car pulled up, junior prosecutor Max Hill said. He then got in and was driven away.
A day before, Omar had tried to set off a home-made hydrogen peroxide and chapatti flour bomb at Warren Street tube station, it is alleged.
On July 27 he was arrested in a dawn raid on a house in Heybarnes Road, Hay Mills, Birmingham.
Firearms officers nearly gunned him down when they found him standing in a bath wearing what they feared was a rucksack filled with explosives, the court heard earlier.
Today the jury was told that when Omar was in a police car being driven to London he admitted being on the tube at the time of the explosions but said he did not want to hurt anyone.
The arresting officer, Detective Constable David Hillier, sat next to him in the back of the sterile car during the hour-and-a-half long journey to the capital - during which Omar wore a protective suit and had plastic bags on his hands and feet to preserve forensic evidence.
When the Counter Terrorism Command officer asked Omar if there was anything likely to cause anyone any harm, he replied: "No, I did not know what I was doing," the court heard. "I was at the station when the bomb scare went off.
"I went to Victoria then to another station on the Victoria line, I do not know the name."
Omar allegedly added: "I was on the tube at the time of the explosions. I did not know it was going to go off.
"I did not want to hurt anyone."
He said he did not make the explosives and went to an alleyway near a shop to collect the rucksack, the court heard.
During cross examination, Peter Carter QC said Omar, had in fact said: "I did know what I was doing" and "I knew it was going to go off and I did not want to hurt anyone."
Mr Hillier denied this was the case. The barrister accused the Metropolitan Police officer of threatening the defendant and telling him that other prisoners would want to beat him up and rape him because of what he had allegedly tried to do.
Mr Hillier denied this, and the suggestion that he put his arm on Omar’s shoulder when he asked him to sign the notes he had made of their conversation.
Detective Constable Alistair Woods, who drove the police car, also denied any threats were made or that he copied Mr Hillier’s account of his conversation with Omar.
The nine-woman-three-man jury later heard that during interview at Paddington Green police station, Omar said: "I was going to go home. I wanted to get engaged so I wanted my house to be painted and everything.
"They said: ’take this, go home and we have a surprise for you’."
Omar then said he was on the tube train chatting to some people when he heard a "pop", the court heard.
"I panicked, I did not know what I had in the bag," he told officers.
He said he thought "should I bring myself in?" but "I thought, I’m just going to get blamed".
Six men are accused of plotting to carry out a series of explosions on the London transport system using home-made rucksack devices.
They are Omar, of New Southgate, north London, Hussain Osman, 28, formally of no fixed address; Muktar Said Ibrahim, 29, of Stoke Newington, north London; Manfo Kwaku Asiedu, 33, of no fixed address; Ramzi Mohammed, 25, of North Kensington, west London; and Adel Yahya, 24, of High Road, Tottenham, north London.
They all deny charges of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions likely to endanger life.