This is the cramped, shabby Liverpool home of suicide bomber Enzo Almeni, from where he made plans to carry out his failed Poppy Day attack and made pizzas in his spare time.
Born Emad Jamil Al-Swealmeen, 32-year-old Almeni is said to have lived for more than a year in the Kensington terraced house in the city, which he shared with three other asylum seekers.
Converted from three bedrooms to four, it was managed by Serco, which provides housing for asylum seekers and is valued at around £70,000. Asylum seekers have been housed there for the past ten years.
A former resident told MailOnline that he often complained to Serco officials about the conditions in the house and begged them to move him, which they eventually did in early 2020.
TJ Jayaweera, 29, an asylum seeker from Sri Lanka, revealed that the bedroom walls were made of thin plywood and that it was difficult to sleep at night because of the persistent noise.
Mr Jayaweera, who has lived in the property for almost three years, complained: ‘It was filthy and very noisy and terrible to live in. Many asylum seekers like me came and went, but I was there for the longest time.
‘The place was filthy and not very well maintained. It was a struggle to live there, but I had no other choice. It has been used to house asylum seekers for almost ten years.’
This is the cramped, shabby Liverpool home of bomber Enzo Almeni, from which he made plans to carry out his failed attack
A former resident told MailOnline that he often complained to Serco officials about conditions in the home
Enzo Almeni, 32, planned from Liverpool home to carry out his failed Poppy Day attack and made pizzas in his spare time
He added that he never met the landlord of the property, but was in regular contact with his housing manager Serco.
Mr Jayaweera said: ‘I would send emails to the manager complaining about the living conditions in the house. In that part of Liverpool there are many properties for asylum seekers and the conditions are very bad.’
Born in Iraq and raised in Syria, Almeni came to Britain seven years ago
Born in Iraq and raised in Syria, Almeni came to Britain seven years ago. He had a history of mental health problems and was once dismembered for brandishing a knife near Liverpool city centre, friends said.
He renounced his Muslim faith and converted to Christianity shortly after arriving in the UK, after attending Bible classes and services at Liverpool’s imposing Anglican Cathedral.
The site was originally believed to be the target of his failed Remembrance Day plot. In May 2017, Al Swealmeen changed his poll by deed to make it easier to pronounce.
As a tribute to Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari, car-mad asylum seeker Enzo Almeni became. Photos online show trips to a go-kart track — and a checkered flag tattooed on his arm.
The son of an Iraqi mother and Syrian father, he arrived in the UK in early 2014. His first asylum application to the Ministry of the Interior was rejected in November.
He was arrested shortly afterwards, said lay pastor and friend Malcolm Hitchcott, for possessing a “large knife.”
Al Swealmeen had attended regular “instruction” workshops and Bible study courses led by Mr. Hitchcott at the cathedral.
Almeni is believed to have lived in the town’s terraced house in the Kensington borough for over a year
Almeni shared the property in the Kensington district of Liverpool with three other asylum seekers
Another asylum seeker said the bedroom walls were made of thin plywood and it was difficult to sleep at night because of noise
It was there that he was confirmed to Christianity on March 27, 2017 in a ceremony attended by Mr. Hitchcott and his wife, Elizabeth. Days later, the devout couple, both 77, offered to take the then destitute Al Swealmeen into their home. rent-free because he had nowhere else to live.
Last night, a shocked Mr Hitchcott said he felt “numb” that the “dear man” staying with him in the suburb of Aigburth was behind Sunday’s explosion.
“My wife and I will now have to come to terms with the fact that we had this man with us for eight months,” said the former soldier.
The men went for a walk, with the typically quiet Al Swealmeen “talking endlessly and passionately about Jesus.” When asked why he thought Al Swealmeen converted to Christianity, Hitchcott said: “Many asylum seekers don’t see much in Islam. [for them].’
He said he and his wife got to know Al Swealmeen “very well…or we thought so.”
Their guest left on good terms after eight months. The Hitchcotts, going on vacation, worried that he would be alone in their house. “We told him he could stay and our daughter would come over, but he decided to leave,” said Mrs. Hitchcott.
In May 2017, Al Swealmeen changed his name through a deed poll to make it easier to pronounce. As a tribute to Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari, car-mad asylum seeker Enzo Almeni
The 32-year-old was a regular at the go-kart track, according to social media photos
The couple can’t recall Al Swealmeen ever talking about anything “political,” and only remembers one “flashpoint.”
Mr Hitchcott said: ‘He was involved in an incident prior to our meeting where he was found by police with a fairly large knife on the main Churchill Way viaduct.
“I don’t know if he threatened anyone, but as a result, he was placed in sections for several months.
“Obviously he had some mental instability because he accused me of opening his mail one day. He came in and said, ‘Is there anything you want to know about me’, and accused me. I told him we wouldn’t dream of it. He did come and apologized afterwards.
“He had received a small package, he told me it was something for a friend of his…I wonder about it now. He clearly didn’t want me to stick my nose in it and became very sensitive. Otherwise we wanted the best for him. If we wanted a job, he’d do it, no problem.’
Ms. Hitchcott said Al Swealmeen would take them to the food bank and do chores around the house. “He was fairly private, but very diligent,” she added. “He loved to draw, he was very interested in art and could cook a mean pizza.”
Pictures on Mr. Hitchcott’s web profiles show Al Swealmeen wearing a chef’s white that his hosts have bought for him. While Mr. Hitchcott hadn’t seen Al Swealmeen in several years, his wife bumped into him in the city center two years ago.
“It must have been around spring 2019 as it was before Covid,” she said. ‘He told me he was taking a cake decorating course and he was very enthusiastic about it. He said he would keep in touch, but I heard nothing more.”