Liam Lyburd, the 19-year-old who planned a bomb and gun attack on the college which expelled him, has been sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of eight years.
The teenager was convicted yesterday at Newcastle Crown Court of possessing an arsenal of weapons including pipe bombs and a gun, with intent to endanger life.
His plot was a twisted response to the fact he was expelled in 2012 after spending just five weeks at Newcastle College for being disruptive in class.
A file recovered from Lyburd’s computer titled “Newcastle College” said, “You people ruined my whole life, don’t expect me to show mercy today. No-one disrespects me and gets away with it. I’ll teach you people a little lesson on respect with my 9mm jacketed hollow points”.
It also said, “Yes people will die, there’s no question about that”.
Judge Paul Sloan QC concluded that Lyburd’s threats showed he was a significant risk to the public, and said:
It was only a matter of time before you would have put your plan into action. Your emotional coldness and detachment and your lack of empathy to others was self-evident.
Lyburd claimed he had not intended to hurt anyone at the college but jurors disagreed, after police found a “kill bag” containing overalls, a mask, boots, pipe bombs, a Glock pistol and 94 bullets at his home.
Lyburd was arrested on November 3 after police received a tipoff from someone concerned by his Facebook posts which threatened launching a murderous attack under the name “Felix Burns”.
Det Supt George Duff, who led the investigation, said:
[Lyburd] is a dangerous man who intended to cause serious harm. He at no point has shown any remorse for what he intended to do.
Lyburd laughed as he was taken away by police, after the judge warned him that the psychiatric evidence suggested it might be a “very long time indeed” before he is considered safe enough to be released.