Man comes out as bisexual during trial for ‘plotting gay pride terror attack’

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Man comes out as bisexual during trial for ‘plotting gay pride terror attack’

Richard Hartley-Parkinson

Man comes out as bisexual during trial for 'plotting gay pride terror attack'
Ethan Stables is on trial for plotting a terror attack on a gay pride event in Barrow, Cumbria (Picture: Cascade News)

A terror suspect who plotted to launch an attack at a gay pride event has come out as bisexual during his trial.

Ethan Stables, 20, denies plotting to commit acts of terrorism at the event at the New Empire pub in Barrow, Cumbria, last June.

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He made the revelation after a jury saw a video of him saying ‘gays look nicer on fire’ as he burned a rainbow flag.

However he said that he had previously been too scared to reveal his sexuality because his parents ‘would be disgusted’ saying he was ‘utterly ashamed’ of what he had done.

He said that he had had sexual experiences with men, but only revealed it after his trial had started.

Man comes out as bisexual during trial for 'plotting gay pride terror attack'
Stables told the court that he is bisexual part-way through his trial (Picture: PA)

He told the jury: ‘I am disgusted and ashamed at myself for what I said. I just wish I could turn the clock back. I’m sorry.’

Stables’ godfather Phillip Loveless, who is gay, took to the stand at Leeds Crown Court to say that he had no reason to believe that his godson was homophobic.

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He said: ‘I have a sixth sense for that sort of thing.’

He said that he was a loner as a child adding ‘It became clear very early on that he wasn’t developing entirely normally.

‘He preferred to be on his own. There was never any problem with his intellectual capacity but when he was asked not to do something he would be very adamant that he wasn’t going to stop doing that thing.’

Man comes out as bisexual during trial for 'plotting gay pride terror attack'
A selection of potential weapons found in his flat in Barrow (Picture: PA)

Mr Loveless said Stables, 20, was interested in fantasy and escapism, adding: ‘I felt he did go off on paranoid fantasies. He would get very fixated on certain ideas.

‘On one level it seemed totally bizarre (when he was arrested) but on another level we had all been waiting for something to happen.

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‘I never thought it would be this but there was a sense something would give at some point.’

In cross examination by prosecution barrister Jonathan Sandiford Mr Loveless was asked if he knew Stables’ grandfather.

Mr Loveless replied: ‘I know his grandfather I got on fine with him. He is aware I’m gay and I don’t believe he is homophobic.’

The trial continues.

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