Ikea "bomb plot": Jury retires to consider verdict
A JURY considering the case of a man accused of falsely sparking a bomb alert at Bristol's Ikea branch to frame a love rival was due to begin considering its verdict today.
Ayman Ibrahim is accused of phoning the Swedish furniture seller's national call centre and claiming to have information about a plot to attack the store and implicated Bartosz Ociepka, who lived in Barton Hill.
The prosecution claims he did so because Ociepka had been in a relationship with Ibrahim's ex-wife, who lived in Hengrove and he wanted his love rival deported from the UK.
The 46-year-old defendant denies communicating false information with intent on December 30, 2011.
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Ibrahim has told the jury at Gloucester Crown Court he had reported Mr Ociepka to the police but had genuinely been concerned the Polish national was involved in a plot against the Ikea store. He claims he told an Ikea worker those involved were going to "storm", not bomb, the store.
The case continues.