Nailbomb killer David Copeland converts to Islam in the hope of 'getting a second chance'

NAILBOMB killer David Copeland has converted to Islam in the hope of “getting a second chance”.

The 44-year-old was jailed for a 13-day hate campaign in 1999 that left three people dead and 140 injured.

Engineer Copeland, who had Nazi flags hanging in his home, wanted to “stir up a racial war” with homemade explosives targeting London’s black, Bengali and LGBT communities.

But he now hopes he will be “re-born in a different body after death”.

He has told inmates at high- security HMP Frankland in Durham to call him “Saddam” — in admiration of the Iraqi dictator.

He was befriended inside by Andy Ross, since freed after serving 11½ years for armed robbery.

The Sunderland-born bare-knuckle boxer, 37, said: “Copeland prays every day and sees practising as a Muslim as a way of getting forgiveness and changing. But he still has a twisted mind.”

Prison officers have accused inmates of becoming “convenience Muslims to play the system”. 

Copeland, of Cove, Hampshire, planted bombs at Brixton Market, Brick Lane and The Admiral Duncan pub in Soho.

The killer, who is the subject of a Netflix documentary, got six life sentences and must serve 50 years.

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