'Terror plot to use perfume in bomb'
UK Mirror | July 18, 2005
By Graham Brough And Paul Byrne
BOMBER Jermaine Lindsay bought innocent designer perfumes and aftershaves as a deadly mix for the London gang's home-made devices, police fear.
Just days before the 7/7 explosions killed at least 55 people, the 19-year-old Jamaican fanatic spent £900 at three shops on dozens of bottles of scent.
The names - Jean Paul Gaultier, Fahrenheit, Emporio Armani and Boss - are the epitome of "decadent" Western luxury.
But in the hands of Lindsay the alcohol-based perfumes could have been used to fuel bombs with a deadly napalm-style effect, causing hideous burns.
The Gaultier fragrances were in metal containers which would have splintered into lethal shrapnel in an explosion. Lindsay bought 10.
Terror expert Dr Andrew Silke, of the University of East London, said: "The active ingredient in any perfume is alcohol which can be used in creating devices.
"The effect would be more incendiary, like napalm, rather than highly explosive. It would create more more fire and therefore more burn injuries."
On July 4 Lindsay visited branches of the Fragrance Shop in his home town of Aylesbury, Bucks, and Milton Keynes and Woolworth's in Aylesbury, spending about £300 in each store.
The following day he returned to the Fragrance Shop in Aylesbury searching for a bottle of Boss In Motion perfume he had been unable to buy at Milton Keynes.
Detectives are also investigating whether Lindsay also bought peroxide. Peroxide is an ingredient in Acetone Peroxide - also known as TATP or "Mother of Satan" - which was used in the London attacks.
Lindsay's spending patterns had already aroused the suspicion of his bank who brought in private detectives.
Noel Hogan, of investigators Hogan and Co International, said last night: "We were aware of this man's movements in the immediate run-up to the London bombing.
"As soon as we became aware of his involvement we contacted the Anti- Terrorist Branch. We have passed them our full records. I can say no more."
Yesterday staff at the Fragrance Shop in Aylesbury recalled Lindsay's spree. One said: "He came in here over two days and spent about £330. He was calm and polite. But it's strange to buy so much perfume at once and my manager was suspicious.
"The next day he spent £300 on more scents at our shop in Milton Keynes.
"While there, he got really agitated because he wanted a perfume called Boss In Motion Green which comes in a little hard sphere. He was telling them 'I must have one - where can I get one?' Next day he bought it from us."
"Apparently he went back to the shop in Milton Keynes all flustered saying, 'Have you seen a red bag I had?' They didn't have it and I don't know if he ever found it again. But he was really worried."
It is believed Lindsay tried to buy hundreds of pounds worth of Jean Paul Gaultier perfume at Aylesbury a week earlier. A man matching his description left the shop empty-handed when his cheque and bank card did not tally.
Lindsay worked under a false identity as a fitter for Haddenham Carpets in Aylesbury until around May 2005. He called himself Gemal Lindsay, a corruption of his real name and Islamic name Abdullah Shaheed Jamal.
Around the time he left the job he stopped making weekly phone calls to his father Nigel in Jamaica.
Two months later he joined Mohammed Sidique Khan, 30, of Dewsbury, Shehzad Tanweer, 22, of Leeds, and Hasib Hussain, 18, also of Leeds, on their killer attacks on three Tubes and a bus in London.
Nigel, 45, who split from Lindsay's mother Mary when the boy was five months old, said: "Jermaine sounded like he was happy with his life and his religion.
"He gave no sign that he was up to anything bad. I never thought my boy would do this kind of thing in a million years."
Lindsay's mother Mary, 39, who lives in Boston, Massachusetts, said: "I haven't stopped crying for all the people who died."
Mary hoped Islam's strict codes on alcohol and sex would keep her son out of trouble. She was pleased when he married 21-year-old Samantha Lewthwaite, also a recent convert to Islam.
Pregnant Samantha - mother of Lindsay's year-old son - said at the weekend: "I never imagined he was involved in such horrific activities. My thoughts are with families of the victims."
The strain on Lindsay's family became apparent yesterday when his stepsister collapsed in the street. Dana Reid was taken to hospital after being found near her home in Huddersfield, West Yorks.
Before her dramatic collapse, pregnant Dana recalled the moment she learned Lindsay was a mass killer.
She received a phone call from Mary last Friday. Dana said: "Her voice started to quiver and she said 'Jermaine's dead'. I screamed and she added 'He wasn't a victim. He was one of the bombers'."
Lindsay's step-grandmother, Stella McLeod, said: "It's Satan. It's the devil. God wouldn't allow that to happen."
Friends said Lindsay's transformation from normal boy to killer came after a summer holiday to Afghanistan.
Samantha Rana-Liburd said: "He was a really popular lad but all that changed. He had converted to Islam and his character was totally different."
Her boyfriend Kyle Walter, 19, added: "It was like he was brainwashed."
Another former friend, who did not want to be named, said: "Jermaine went to the extreme. He became an evil bastard to a lot of people he had grown up with."
SIX people were arrested by police probing the massacre last night. They were held in a guesthouse in the Beeston area of Leeds.