Boston Marathon bomber ‘was a good kid before turning to terror’

The Boston Marathon bomber “was a good kid” before he followed his radicalised older brother into terrorism, his defence lawyers said on Monday as they urged a jury to spare him the death penalty.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers asked jurors to sentence the 21-year-old to life in prison instead of making him into a martyr for worldwide jihadists by ordering his death through lethal injection.

Tsarnaev was convicted in early April of carrying out the 2013 attack alongside his older brother Tamerlan, who died in a shootout with police days after the bombing.

He placed a bomb behind children.