Alek Minassian’s father testifies in van attack trial his son was about to start a good computer job

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He paused in his testimony as he became emotional.

He said he watched video of his son pulling his hand out of his pocket and pointing it at police, pretending he had a gun.

“I was in a state of shock,” he said. “How is this even possible?”

He testified there was no hint of his son being capable of it.

“I’ve seen no history of violence. He is, if anything, he’s always been characterized as a gentle person.”

Minassian’s father said his son had problems from a young age because of odd behaviours. He was in a special education program throughout his schooling. In some subjects, such as math, he was ahead of his peers but in other he was far behind.

Social interaction, he said, “was one of the greatest challenges he had.” He did not recognize facial expressions that reveal other’s emotional state, such

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Boris Johnson tells single dad he might have to stop seeing his son

Boris Johnson in conversation with Christopher. (BBC)
Boris Johnson in conversation with Christopher. (BBC)

A single dad who asked Boris Johnson if he could see his son was told by the prime minister: “Check the website”.

The man, “Christopher from Margate”, asked what the guidance is for single parents who have regular contact with their children who live in a different county.

He explained how he lives in Kent, which is in Tier 1, while his son lives in Essex, which will move into Tier 2 on Saturday.

Christopher asked Johnson what he should do when one area is at a higher alert level under the government’s new three-tier local lockdown system, which was announced by Johnson on Monday.

Johnson, who was speaking at a Downing Street press conference, told him: “Christopher, I think the guidance, alas, is that if… you should go on the website, obviously, and check.

“But when places go into a higher tier

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