LONDON: 30 years old Salih Khater who drove his car into pedestrians, cyclists and at two police officers, before crashing into a barrier at the Palace of Westminster, has been given a life sentence Monday 11 October following an investigation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.
Salih Khater of
Highgate Street, Birmingham, was previously found guilty at the Old Bailey on
Wednesday, 17 July of two counts of attempted murder relating to the members of
the public and the police officers respectively.
He was sentenced today at the same court. On sentencing, the Judge found that the offence has a ‘terrorist connection’ under section 30 of the Terrorism Act 2008 2008. Khater was sentenced to life imprisonment and must serve a minimum of 15 years before being considered for parole.
Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “I am pleased at today’s sentence and that an extremely dangerous individual will be behind bars for a considerable time. This was a man who used his car as a weapon to attempt to kill as many people as possible spreading fear and terror. It was our view that this attack was carried out with a terrorist purpose and the sentence confirms this.
“I would like to pay tribute to the outstanding professionalism and bravery of all the officers who responded to this incident. Armed officers were on the scene within seconds and would not have known what other dangers Khater may have posed. The response of those officers and indeed, all emergency service responders to this incident was truly remarkable.