Shut safety officer noticed a person with a backpack kneeling down and thought he was praying
Mr Drysdale says he’s had no coaching within the identification of people that could be engaged in terrorism.
He says he spent a ‘significant slice of time’ on the mezzanine stage on the night time of the bomb, as a result of it was elevated and he might see the 2 entrances to the Metropolis Room from it.
The inquiry is informed he additionally frolicked strolling across the Metropolis Room and the complicated.
The inquiry is being proven pictures of the mezzanine stage.
Mr Drysdale has marked an ‘X’ on them to indicate the spot the place he noticed a person on the night time.
“He has obtained his again to me,” he stated.
“He was mid-20s.
“He had olive colored pores and skin and undoubtedly wasn’t white or black.”
He says he might see the left facet of his face.
“He was kneeling down, shifting,” Mr Drysdale stated.
“He was kneeling down, going ahead to the ground after which elevating himself again up once more, nonetheless being on his knees.”
Mr Drysdale stated he had ‘an enormous pack on his again’.
He stated the person’s lips weren’t shifting and he couldn’t hear him making any sound.
Mr Drysdale stated his first ideas had been ‘what’s he doing?’.
“I noticed him go down after which come again up after which go down and are available again…so to me, I assumed he was simply praying.”
Mr Drysdale stated his colleague, Julie Service provider, had seen him earlier and it was assessed he wasn’t a bootlegger.
The inquiry is informed Mr Drysdale went as much as the mezzanine space at 9.40pm and regarded on the man for round 90 seconds.
“I assumed he was simply praying.”
He says he hadn’t seen anybody praying within the public areas of the Enviornment earlier than.
Requested whether or not he thought it was uncommon, he stated sure and no.
Requested if he thought it was suspicious in any approach, he stated ‘no’.