London jury in less than 20 minutes, find knife wielding ISIS fanatic GUILTY of terrorist assassination of Tory Member of Parliament, Sir David Amess
Sir David, 69, was stabbed more than 20 times with a foot-long carving knife as he held a townhall with his Southend West constituency in Essex, on Oct. 15, 2021
The so called ‘Lone wolf’ attacker, Ali Harbi Ali, who was convicted for murder said he had ‘no regrets’ over the killing
Despite admitting to killing the Sir David after tricking his office into believing he was a healthcare worker moving to the area
Showing no remorse, Ali Harbi denied murder and preparing acts of terrorism following the assassination
Ali from Kentish Town in London, who spent years hatching the plot, told the court ‘If I thought I did anything wrong, I wouldn’t have done it’
‘I decided to do it because I felt that if I could kill someone who made decisions to kill Muslims, it could prevent further harm to those Muslims,’ the ISIS fanatic said in court
Sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday
‘Lone wolf’ attacker Ali Harbi Ali, a 26-year-old resident of Kentish Town in London, has been found guilty of murdering Sir David Amess and preparing acts of terrorism after a jury took just 18 minutes to make their decision.
Conservative Member of Parliament, Sir David Amess, 69, was brutally stabbed more than 20 times with a foot-long carving knife as he held a townhall with his Southend West constituency, last October.
Amess died barely an hour after the attack at a church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, the second Member of Parliament in just over five years to be assassinated by a terrorist. In an earlier high profile case, Labor MP Jo Cox was assassinated in 2016, by an extreme rightwing radical.
The victim’s devastated family said their hearts had been ‘shattered’ by his ‘cruel and violent death’ at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea. Members of the family were in court at the Old Bailey as his killer was convicted on Monday.
Showing no remorse, Ali Harbi Ali, who is due to be sentenced on Wednesday, refused to stand up in the dock on ‘religious grounds’. Judge Mr Justice Sweeney had assured jurors they were ‘under no pressure of time’ as he sent them out to consider verdicts on Monday afternoon.
Thanking each member for their service today, the judge told them: ‘It cannot have been easy to listen to the evidence you have listened to.’
Islamic State fanatic Ali reportedly, told Sir David he was ‘sorry’ before plunging the knife into him, leaving the father-of-five screaming in a frenzied attack.
Strangely, while he admitted to killing the veteran Tory after tricking his office into believing he was a healthcare worker moving to the area, Ali Harbi denied murder and preparing acts of terrorism following the tragedy on October, 15, last year.
He told the court he had no regrets as Sir David’s death meant he could no longer ‘harm Muslims’ – referencing the MP’s voting record on the UK’s foreign policy, including airstrikes on Syria.
Michael Gove, Dominic Raab and Sir Keir Starmer were all assessed as potential targets as the Londoner spent years hatching the plot, the court previously heard.
‘If I thought I did anything wrong, I wouldn’t have done it’, Ali told the court.
He continued: ‘I decided to do it because I felt that if I could kill someone who made decisions to kill Muslims, it could prevent further harm to those Muslims.’
‘He voted previously in Parliament, not just him… I decided if I couldn’t make hijrah, if I couldn’t help the Muslims (in Syria), I would do something here.’
When he was asked what difference killing Sir David would make, he replied: ‘For one, he can’t vote again. ‘If he had previous for doing votes like that he won’t do it in the future, and perhaps send a message to his colleagues.’
The court heard how Ali, who came from an influential Somali family, had become self-radicalized in 2014.
He went on to drop out of university and abandon his ambitions for a career in medicine. Before the murder Ali contacted the office of Sir David Amess to schedule a one-on-one with his target, under the guise of being a healthcare worker who was moving to the area.
After the assassination, the terrorist sent a manifesto on WhatsApp to family and friends seeking to justify his actions around the time of the attack.
At trial witnesses testified that Ali also tried to justify his actions, which jurors previously heard was based on his dissatisfaction with the British government’s Syrian bombing campaign.
‘It was all on Syria, the Iraq war, the innocent people who died over there, he wants to kill David, all the MPs that voted for the bombing,’ testified Darren King, who came face to face with Ali Harbi Ali, moments after he stabbed the Conservative MP to death.
King said Ali who was on the phone with his sister and wielding a bloody knife in the other hand, told him that he wanted to die: ‘I want to be shot. They [police] do that in America, not so much over here.’
I asked him: ‘Why do you want to die? You’re talking to your sister – how’s she gonna feel if you die?,’ King said.
He responded: ‘I’m gonna be a martyr, I’m gonna die a hero,’ to which I replied, ‘No, you’re just gonna be dead, mate.’
Sir David’s assistant Julie Cushion told jurors he appeared ‘self-satisfied’ in the wake of the brutal killing, while he was filmed speaking calmly in a police interview.
Tracy Ayling QC, defending, said: ‘His purpose was, as he puts it now, to save lives at the expense of Sir David’s but also his own.’
But prosecutor Tom Little QC insisted the evidence against Ali was ‘utterly overwhelming and compelling’. Addressing jurors, he said: ‘I suggest you will never forget the body-worn footage of the defendant still holding the bloody knife he had had for five years for just such an attack in that church on Sir David Amess.’