Michael Sandford, the boy who made headlines for the wrong reasons after making an attempt on the life of US Presidential aspirant Donald Trump, has been charged to court. His dad says: “I don’t want to use the term radicalized but we don’t know who he has been speaking with – this just isn’t him”.
The suspect’s father believes he must have been brainwashed by some fanatics either in the US, or by other means. He believes his son was never interested in politics and has no need to kill the billionaire politician.
According to a report from Mirror, Paul Davey said his son would struggle to even name the presidential aspirant’s name. Apparently, he was on the deadly mission following orders from someone who seem to have controlled his mind.
He also said the 20-year-old was so gentle by nature that he would not even let his family use fly spray.
As surprised as any other person, the 50-year-old father said he has no idea why his son would attempt to shoot the Republican candidate but remarked that they had told American authorities their worries about his erratic behaviour.
Paul also claims the authorities failed to heed his warnings.
He said: “He’s never shown any violent tendencies before, he’s never been a bad person, he’s a nice kid and literally wouldn’t hurt a fly – he used to tell us not to use fly spray because he didn’t want any flies to die.
“Looking back, I don’t want to use the term radicalised but we don’t know who he has been speaking with – this just isn’t him.
“It’s an absolute shock, he’s never been violent in the slightest, he’s always been a polite and peaceful boy.
“It’s totally out of character and we’re worried about what has happened to him since he’s been in America because obviously it’s a dramatic change.
“Whether he’s been blackmailed or put up to it, that’s the only thing me and his mum can think of. “It’s so against his nature and obviously with his Aspergers, we think somebody has got hold of him and done something.”
He said the incident could have been a “cry for help.” Implying the boy never really meant to kill the presidential hopeful, but could be looking for a way to get protection under custody.
“He has never mentioned Donald Trump, the reason it is such a shock is because he shows no interest in anything like that,” he explained.
“If I asked him to name the Prime Minister he’d be able to tell me but he wouldn’t know any other politicians. I doubt he would even know who the President of the United States is.
Pictures inside Michael Sandford’s room reveal how he decorated his room in camouflage wallpaper and army-style netting while hanging almost a dozen imitation guns on the wall.
Many of the firearms are similar to the AR-15 style assault rifle recently used in the Orlando by ISIS supporting terrorist Omar Mateen who massacred 49 people inside the The Pulse nightclub.
Pictures taken in his Michael’s bedroom show he loves movies and video games. His walls were plastered with movie and PlayStation2 posters–most of them from games which use extreme gun violence. He lists a group for AK-47 guns among his likes on Facebook, and another group titled ‘Guns!!!!’.
Bizarrely, the room is also scattered with a number of soft toys including a penguins, a polar bear and several fish.
Following the 20-year-old’s arrest, his parents believe their son was brainwashed into carrying out the killing on behalf of someone else.
Robots Wars fanatic Sandford, who suffers from Aspergers and OCD, told investigators he expected to die in the attempt, which he had been planning for a year.
Sandford moved to the US for love’s sake. He arrived just over a year ago after meeting and falling in love with an American girl in Britain. He relocated to be with his charm.
“It will be an outside influence as to why he’s done it, he’s never been like that and it’s not something he’d do off his own back. Maybe it was a cry for help.
“He would never pull the trigger of the gun if it came to it.”
“We don’t know if he was still with his girlfriend because he doesn’t share any personal information like that,” added Mr Davey.
“Since he moved out there it became slowly harder and harder to get in touch with him.
“He does Skype, but it’s always with a white background behind him so you don’t know where he is.
“Because of his condition, he never talks about his private life and it’s always had quite an impact on how he behaves.
“He left school when he was 15 because he couldn’t cope with it all so he’s got no qualifications or job experience.
“Since he’s been out there it’s difficult to get any information out of him. About three months ago the money ran out so we sent him some more and asked him to come back.
“He has no interest in politics, the world, geography or anything.
“He’s not a typical teenager because he doesn’t drink or smoke or do drugs, he’s never had any interest in that.
“He liked Robot Wars as a teenager, but even that got a bit too much for him because he didn’t like the large crowds.
“He’s been refusing to come back and we were worried about him, we were in contact with the American Embassy telling them we were worried about him.
The American authorities said ‘he’s over 18 we can’t do anything.”
Mr Davey and Sandford’s mother, 41-year-old Lynne Sanford, who was yesterday (TUES) helping police with their enquiries, said they were shown no indication that he would attempt to shoot Trump.
The father said his family are “absolutely devastated” and have not spoken to him since the incident and have had little communication with the authorities.
Officials have said Sandford was living in his car in the States illegally on an expired visa.
Mr Davey added: “I think the visa ran out a few weeks ago but he said he renewed it. He should have come home and few months ago but he didn’t want to.
“The idea was that he goes out there, gets experience and sees the world, then comes home and builds a proper life.”
Mr Davey is making plans to travel to America to see his son.
Following a brief hearing in Las Vegas he was ordered by US Magistrate Judge George Foley Jr. to be held without bail until his next appearance in court on July 5.
The justice found Sandford a danger to the community and a flight risk.
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