Old Bailey told the terror planning of driver about killing the Queen and David Cameron


LONDON: The Old Bailey was told on Tuesday the details of planning of a delivery driver who discussed killing former prime minister David Cameron and the “old woman Elizabeth” before attempting to join Islamic State.

Queen Elizabeth

Somalian Aweys Shikhey also allegedly talked of shooting Jewish people and launching an AK47 attack at White Hart Lane, then-home to Totten ham Hotspur football club. The Old Bailey heard how Shikhey, 38, led a double life and dreamed of travelling to take part in violent jihad after moving to Totten ham, north London. He tried to raise money by applying for various loans, securing £10,000 from Barclays for a “wedding”, jurors were told.
In the spring of 2017, he borrowed more money from his boss to help him visit his two wives and children in Holland and Kenya, the court heard. But the prosecution claimed his ultimate aim before his arrest in May last year was to travel to Istanbul, and then further east from there.
His terrorist mindset was allegedly revealed in encrypted chat on Threema and Telegram with a fellow Somalian living in Kenya. Prosecutor Barnaby Jameson told jurors: “The defendant displayed a violent attitude towards this country symbolised by killing the then prime minister and the Queen.”

David Cameron

The exchanges were revealed on Abdirahman Idris Hassan’s computer after he was arrested for alleged terrorism offences in S e p t e m b e r 2016.
Mr Jameson said the chat would never have seen the light of day had Hassan not been detained in east Africa. The messages dating back to May 31 2016 also revealed Shikhey had been thinking about travelling to take part in jihad for a year. Hassan wrote: “May God bestow you in killing David Cameron and the old woman Elizabeth”, in apparent reference to the Queen.
The defendant allegedly replied : “Amen, brother.” Hassan went on to ask if the defendant could buy bullets and a gun in the UK and Shikhey said three or five people were needed to “carry out a bloody attack”. He said it would be best to find AK47s and other automatic weapons, adding: “They could have been taken to Stamford Hill and when people leave from their game.” The hearing continues.