Home The Homefront ISIS inspired delivery driver ‘planned to assassinate the Queen and Prime Minister...

ISIS inspired delivery driver ‘planned to assassinate the Queen and Prime Minister before gunning gun down Spurs supporters with AK47’

1254
SHARE

A delivery driver who tried to join ISIS discussed killing The Queen and David Cameron with a fellow extremist, a court heard today.

Aweys Shikhey, 38, also spoke of attacking Jews in Stamford Hill and football fans with an AK47 as they left Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium White Hart Lane, the Old Bailey heard.
He was detained by counter-terror oficers at Stansted Airport before he boarded a flight to Turkey on May 23 last year.

Shikhey, who has a Somalian wife and children living in Holland, allegedly planned to sneak across the Syrian border to join jihadi fighters after landing in Istanbul.

The Dutch national denies one charge of preparing for acts of terrorism.

But prosecutor Barnaby Jameson described Shikhey as “a terrorist hiding in plain sight”.

The court heard that he appeared as a quiet, hard-working religiously observant man, who lived in Tottenham, north London, and worked for the delivery firm DPD.

But Barnaby Jameson, prosecuting, said: “There was, however, say the Crown, an extremist agenda going on behind the scenes.

“The face the defendant presented to the world was different to his real face. That is, a terrorist hiding in plain sight.

“The defendant, you will hear, was a secret and indeed eager supporter of Islamic State.

“So eager, he was willing to leave his life, his job, his relatives behind to join Islamic State as a front-line combatant.”

The court heard in 2016 he was in touch with a Somalian man in Kenya called Abdirahman Idris Hassan, with messages recovered from a laptop after Hassan was arrested there in September 2016 for terror offences.

Communicating via the encrypted apps Telegram and Threema, they allegedly discussed Shikhey travelling to Syria and Iraq, with Shikhey explaining: “I will be leaving behind my two family and children.”

The court heard the 38-year-old discussed killing the Queen 

Reading one message, Mr James said: “Hassan says to the defendant, ‘May God bestow you in killing David Cameron and the old woman Elizabeth’.

“That’s a reference to the then Prime Minister, and what is believed to be a reference to the Queen, Queen Elizabeth.

“At the end of the conversation, the defendant says, ‘amen brother’.

“That exchange perhaps gives you some insight into the mindset of those two individuals.”

In another message, Shikhey said: “I do not have anything as long as I am in a disbeliever country.”

Jurors heard in July 2016, Hassan advised him, when he arrived in Turkey, to “act like an infidel that goes there”, adding: “You have to wear shorts and move around….and Selfie.”

On August 4 2016, Shikhey told Hassan, “I intend to put myself forward against Saturday people”, believed to be a reference for Jewish people, the court heard.

Hassan told him that “men are needed who can shake the UK”, and later asked Shikhey if he could get hold of guns and bullets, the court heard.

Shikhey allegedly told him: “Three or five people are needed who are connected to each other. Who can carry out a bloody attack.”

They both agreed the “task looks a bit heavy”, and Shikhey said it “could be better” if an AK47, M16 and BKM automatic weapons could be found, jurors heard.

He allegedly said: “They could have been taken to Stamford Hill and when people leave from their game.”