Sunday 19 November 2017

Boy (15) admits inciting beheading of police

The boy admitted encouraging a terror attack on an Anzac Day parade
The boy admitted encouraging a terror attack on an Anzac Day parade

Emily Pennink in London

A 15-year-old British boy has admitted encouraging an Islamic State-inspired terror attack targeting police officers at an Anzac Day parade in Australia.

Over a 10-day period, the youngster from Lancashire sent thousands of instant messages to 18-year-old Sevdet Besim, who shared his admiration for the Islamic terror group, the Old Bailey heard.

Police examined his mobile and uncovered the exchanges after he was arrested on April 2 in the Blackburn area.

In one message on March 18, the boy, who was 14 at the time, said: "Suggest you break into someone's house and get your first taste of beheading."

Besim replied that it seemed "a little risky".

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The smartly-dressed, bespectacled British youngster pleaded guilty to inciting terrorism, via videolink from Manchester Crown Court.

The charge states that between March 15 and March 26, 2015, he "incited a person to commit an act of terrorism wholly or partly outside the UK, namely the murder of police officers during an attack on a parade to commemorate Anzac Day in Australia".

Mr Justice Saunders ordered pre-sentence reports to find out if there was any "indoctrination" as he adjourned the case for sentencing at Manchester Crown Court on September 3.

Transcripts of Besim's alleged exchanges with the boy have emerged in Australian media reports.

According to the reports, the alleged plot was uncovered by secret surveillance of Besim - a friend of another teenager, Numan Haider, who was shot dead after being suspected of threatening Australian prime minister Tony Abbott.

Irish Independent

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