Ethan Stables, 20, was arrested June 23, 2017, as he made his way to the New Empire Pub in the North West England county of Cumbria. According to a tip police received at the time, Stables was "going to war" and planning on killing an unknown number of people at a gay pride event. Although Stables was unarmed when the police picked him up, they did find a machete and an ax at his home.
Prosecutors presented a video to the jury that showed a burning rainbow flag, with Stables saying, "Gays look nicer on fire." During the trial Stables said that he was bisexual while the prosecutor, Jonathan Sandiford, said that Stables supported homophobic, racist, and Nazi views online. There are photos of a Swastika flag in Stables home. He is photographed standing in front of it.
After a two-week trial the jury returned with a unanimous guilty verdict. The sentencing hearing is on Wednesday.
Jury in the trial of Ethan Stables will this morning continue to consider their verdict. The jurors have been told they must decide whether Stables was preparing to carry out the attack or if he was a fantasist who got carried away https://t.co/4yH79XmIda pic.twitter.com/ue4uvcpdED— Amy Fenton (@amyfentonNWEM) February 5, 2018
Terrified bar staff recall armed police swarming inside the New Empire as Ethan Stables headed towards the venue. "They said they were going to secure all the exits and when they told me a threat had been made it was just an 'oh my god' moment." https://t.co/zBaySYS7pP pic.twitter.com/6B37VHOazV— Amy Fenton (@amyfentonNWEM) February 5, 2018
People were happy to see justice served: