Sir David Amess was assassinated in October at a constituency surgery where he was a guest speaker.
Sir David Amess MP was murdered by an Islamic State supporter. He was convicted of the crime.
A constituency surgery in Leigh on sea, Elessex, where the southend west MP was attacked with over twenty stab wounds, took place on October fifhteen, 2021.
Ali harbi ali was found guilty of murder and preparing acts of terrorism by a jury at the Old Bailey in just 18 minutes.
Despite denying the charges, the 26-year-old from Kentish Town, north London, said he was motivated by the MP’s support for airstrikes in Syria.
During the announcement of the verdicts, members of Sir David’s family sat directly across the aisle from Ali.
Ali fatally knifed Sir David, 69, following an encounter where he pretended to be an NHS worker moving to the area.
“Religious grounds” cited by the judge, Mr Justice Sweeney, prompted Ali to refuse to stand up in the dock as the guilty verdicts were read out.
Judge informed the jury that the defendant had no legal defence for the killing prior to their departure from the courthouse.
It was a textbook radicalization that led to MP’s murder.
Sir David, 69, was stabbed to death after the assassin tricked his way into a meeting by pretending to be an NHS employee moving to the area.
As part of the prosecution’s case, jurors heard that before the attack on Sir David, he had also planned to kill cabinet minister Michael Gove because of his belief that he was “a harm to Muslims.”
Ali Harbi Ali, the man accused of murdering Sir David Amess MP, testified in court today.
The court heard Ali say he wanted to join the Islamic State but couldn’t because it was “difficult.” As a result, he decided to instead “help Muslims here.”
Ali told the court that he wanted to travel to Syria to join Islamic State, but it was too “difficult” so he decided to “help Muslims here” instead, according to the testimony.
He said he had no remorse or shame about killing Sir David, telling the court, “If I thought I did anything wrong, I wouldn’t have done it.”
If he were to be shot by police, the defendant planned to die in martyrdom.
The killer of Sir David waved the knife around and threatened staff and members of the public who were in the building after he was stabbed, according to eyewitnesses after the attack.
An image of Ali Harbi Ali being tackled to the ground by plainclothes police officers was shown on bodycams to the jury.
In the end, two plain clothes Essex Police officers, the first to arrive on the scene, used batons and incapacitant spray to apprehend him.
Police can be heard shouting “drop the knife” while the defendant is on the phone with his sister in a video shown to the jury.
Jurors heard him say he dropped the knife after realising the officers weren’t armed with it.
Thanking the jury for their service, Mr. Justice Sweeney said, “I know it must have been difficult to listen to the evidence that you heard.”