July 23, 2015
An Iranian asylum seeker stole floral tributes to a couple gunned down in the Tunisia terrorist attack because he wanted to ‘brighten up his room,’ a court heard today.
Homeless Shayan Moradisohi, 31, took the flowers from under a police cordon outside Fulham Coroner’s Court on 6 July.
Today Moradisohi admitted one count of theft of the flowers that were addressed to John, 74, and Janet Stocker, 63, who died during the beach attack in Sousse last month.
A police officer noticed Moradisohi leave with the flowers and when questioned said he was depressed and wanted to ‘brighten up his room’.
Moradisohi appeared at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court today, wearing shorts, a black shirt and a blue Arsenal woolly hat.
Married couple John and Janet were among the 30 Britons massacred by jihadi terrorist Seifeddine Rezgui.
Rezgui, 23, went on the rampage on 26 June in Sousse armed with a Kalashnikov rifle, killing 38 tourists in total.
Entering the dock, Moradisohi tripped over his undone shoelaces.
Kevin Christie, prosecuting, said: ‘On 6 July police were on duty at a cordon at Fulham Mortuary on aid of the victims involved in the Tunisian massacre.
‘PC William Hunt saw the gentleman before you today reach over the police cordon, crossing a police line, and take a bunch of flowers that were part of the memorial to the victims.