Sir David Amess murder case: Terror suspect killed MP in ‘frantic attack’ after targeting Michael Gove, court hears | british news

Member of Parliament Sir David Amess was killed in a “cruel and frenzied attack” by a “fanatic terrorist” who had previously attacked Michael Gove’s home, a court has heard.

Ali Harbi Ali “hoped he would become a martyr” after stabbing the Conservative MP for Southend West to death, a jury was told.

Sir David held rallies with voters in a church building in Leigh-on-Sea, Essexwhen he was fatally stabbed on October 15.

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Ali Harbi Ali denies murder and preparation of terrorist acts

The final moments of the MP’s death were detailed for jurors at the Old Bailey, where Ali is on trial for murder and plotting terrorist acts.

The 26-year-old denies the allegations.

Tom Little QC opened the prosecution’s case, saying that the “cold and calculated murder” of Sir David “was carried out because of a twisted and twisted and violent ideology”.

The prosecutor told the court: “It was a murder committed by a young man who had been planning such an attack for many years and who was and is a committed, fanatical, radicalized Islamist terrorist.”

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The court heard how, before Sir David’s death, Ali had investigated the likes of Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer and Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, and made six separate trips to find Mr Gove’s home address. “explore”.

Ali is said to have made notes about plans to attack Mr Gove, including a plan where he would ‘run into him while jogging’, but decided not to attack him after the minister separated from his wife and left their home. sold, the jury was told.

Mobile phone data also brought Ali close to the Houses of Parliament seven times between July and September 2021.

mr. Little said, “To put it bluntly, he’s not a tourist…looking at Big Ben and taking some pictures.

“This is terrorist planning.”

Murder suspect said Sir David Amess ‘deserved to die’

Mr Little said Ali had arranged to meet Sir David during his constituency operation “under false pretenses” and provided an address in Southend when in fact he lived near Kentish Town, in north London. .

Ali appeared “relaxed and chatty” when he arrived for the meeting, then told Sir David he knew the MP had initially supported the war in Iraq but had changed his mind, the court heard.

Armed police officers outside Belfairs Methodist Church in Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, where Conservative MP Sir David Amess was allegedly stabbed multiple times during an operation in a constituency.  Essex Police have said a man has been arrested and officers are not looking for anyone else.  Date photo: Friday October 15, 2021.
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Armed police officers outside the Belfairs Methodist Church after the death of Sir David

Ali said “sorry” then pulled out a knife and stabbed Sir David, the jury was told.

Mr. Little said, “Sir David screamed. The defendant stabbed him again. Indeed, he stabbed him several times in a vicious and frenzied attack.”

Ali launched the attack after his phone, which was placed on the table between him and Sir David, made a notification sound, the judges heard.

A post-mortem examination revealed that Sir David had sustained 21 stab wounds.

Yvonne Eaves and Darren King, who were at church for their own meeting with Sir David, saw Ali brandishing a bloodied knife and saying, “I killed him,” the court was told.

The court heard Ali said he wanted “every minister of parliament who volunteered to be bombed in Syria and agreed to the war in Iraq to die.”

Sir David Amess was murdered on Friday
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Sir David Amess was an MP from 1983 until his death

After the attack on Sir David, the defendant is said to have said: “I did it because of Syria. I did it because of the innocent people. I did it because of the bombings. He deserved to die.”

When asked if he wanted to drop the knife, Ali is said to have replied: “No, because I want to be shot” and “I’m dying. I want to die, I want to be a hero.”

Mr Little said: “The defendant clearly assumed and hoped that he would become a martyr for his twisted cause.”

He added that the “attack itself was an attack on democracy by killing an elected representative”.

Police bodycam footage played in court showed Ali holding a knife before being arrested by two plainclothes officers who arrived first on the scene, armed only with a baton and a substance resembling pepper spray.

Members of Sir David’s family attended the trial, with one of his daughters crying as the prosecutor laid out the details of the attack on her father.

Dressed in a black robe and wearing glasses, Ali sat motionless throughout the session, flanked by three security officers in the dock.

The trial was adjourned until Tuesday.

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