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Read terrorist attack: Islamic extremist pleads guilty to murders


That's when a laughing policeman visits the Reading terrorist attack home and tells him he is "not in trouble" while the two talk in front of a pocket with the knife that he uses to kill three just 24 hours later would and wounded three more "for jihad".

Body-worn camera shots show the discussion between Khairi Saadallah – released from prison only days earlier – and two officials in which the Islamist extremist promises he is "out of trouble" and is trying to get his life back on track through work.

The following day, June 20 last year, Saadallah would carry out a terrorist atrocity with the gun police just inches from the killer's visit.

In the video released today, he can be seen greeting the police and ask, "I'm not in trouble, am I?" while hiding the knife just a day before the attack played out in court today.

A friendly conversation starts during the home visit and an officer asks, "What's the matter, boy?" while the murderer stood in front of a bag.

Police had come to check Saadallah at his home on Basingstoke Road after his brother raised concerns about his welfare.

The footage caught the 26-year-old moving awkwardly towards a corner of the room and standing in front of the pocket the blade was in as they chatted with him.

When asked if he was in trouble, an officer laughed and said "no" before continuing to chat about how Saadallah was doing after his release from prison.

Khairi Saadallah, 26, pleaded guilty to three murders and three attempted murders in November following the attacks in Forbury Gardens, Reading, but denies a terrorist motive

Old Bailey was told today how his knife stab, which occurred just hours later, came after he fell under the influence of the infamous preacher Omar Brooks, a convert known as Abu Izzadeen in prison.

The couple are said to have been at HMP Bullingdon together in January 2017 when they attended Friday prayers and went to the gym together.

The court also heard that Saadallah served with a banned Islamist militia in Libya and had not been granted asylum eight years earlier, but was not removed from the country despite a series of criminal convictions for "legal obstacles".

James Furlong, David Wails and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett were sitting with friends at Forbury Gardens in Reading on June 20 last year because their local pub, the Blagrave Arms, had closed during the lockdown.

Khairi Saadallah ran away from the scene after stabbing three people and injuring three others in Forbury Gardens

Khairi Saadallah ran away from the scene after stabbing three people and injuring three others in Forbury Gardens

CCTV footage shows Saadallah during his terrorist attack

CCTV footage shows Saadallah during his terrorist attack

Khairi Saadallah is being followed by the police after his terrorist attack

Khairi Saadallah is being followed by the police after his terrorist attack

CCTV footage of Saadallah a few days before he stabbed three people

CCTV footage of Saadallah a few days before he stabbed three people

Saadallah bought a knife the day before at a Morrisons supermarket and stabbed three people

Saadallah bought a knife the day before at a Morrisons supermarket and stabbed three people

Prosecutor Alison Morgan QC said the three men enjoyed being in the park together on a summer evening as restrictions on the first lockdown were relaxed when they were murdered shortly before 7 p.m. in a brutal attack by the defendant. Khairi Saadallah. & # 39;

"In less than a minute, the defendant, saying" Allahu Akhbar "(God is greatest), carried out a fatal assault with a knife, killing all three men before they had a chance to respond and try to defend themselves . "

Within the same minute, Saadallah attacked others nearby and stabbed three other people, Stephen Young, Patrick Edwards and Nishit Nisudan, resulting in serious injuries.

Ms. Morgan said Saadallah was "ruthlessly efficient in his actions," adding, "The prosecution believe that the attack by this defendant was carefully planned and carried out with determination and precision.

The defendant believed that he was following his extremist ideology in carrying out this attack. An extremist ideology that he has apparently advocated for some time. He believed that that day he killed as many people as possible and performed an act of religious jihad. & # 39;

Saadallah bragged about his access to weapons like this before launching the attack last June

Saadallah bragged about his access to weapons like this before launching the attack last June

Old Bailey heard that Saadallah was serving with a banned Islamist militia in Libya and had not been granted asylum eight years earlier, but was not removed from the country despite a series of criminal convictions for "legal obstacles"

Old Bailey heard that Saadallah was serving with a banned Islamist militia in Libya and had not been granted asylum eight years earlier, but was not removed from the country despite a series of criminal convictions for "legal obstacles"

Saadallah in Forbury Gardens, Reading, days before he stabbed three people

Saadallah in Forbury Gardens, Reading, days before he stabbed three people

Police photo from Saadallah's cell phone

Police photo from Saadallah's cell phone

Saadallah left his home on the day he stabbed three people

Saadallah left his home on the day he stabbed three people

After his arrest, Saadallah said, “I want to plead guilty to the jihad that I did and go to court tomorrow. “I want to go to Belmarsh or Strangeways, tell the sergeant. That's *** what sparked yesterday's reaction, they started it & # 39 ;.

Ms. Morgan told the court: “PC Hamer observed the defendant in his cell on June 21, 2020 between 6:30 pm and 7:55 pm.

He described the defendant's behavior as "up and down". The defendant made the following unsolicited comments: "Tell them I want to plead guilty to the jihad that I have committed and go to court tomorrow."

"They molested me on Facebook, they got what came to them" … "I will go to paradise for the jihad, which I did to them" … "I want to go to Belmarsh, tell the sergeant ".

Recordings of Saadallah, who was visited by the police the day before and stabbed three people

Recordings of Saadallah, who was visited by the police the day before and stabbed three people

Saadallah gave a Bible to a passerby before his terrorist attack

Saadallah gave a Bible to a passerby before his terrorist attack

The Union Jack bandana that Saadallah wore during the terrorist attack

The Union Jack bandana that Saadallah wore during the terrorist attack

Police image of a knife similar to that used by Saadallah during his attack

Police image of a knife similar to that used by Saadallah during his attack

"Did you tell the sergeant that I wanted to plead guilty?" … "The people in the incident were" wrong and they deserved it "…" I will go to paradise for the jihad, which I did to them "…" The police know how often I take dust , I've had enough for over 10 years. "

“What happened yesterday when we bombed Italy and Germany. You all will see that I will leave my name. I am not afraid and I will die. We'll all go at the end of the war. . & # 39;

"The guy I stabbed yesterday was bigger than you and I stabbed him in the neck and it came out of the back of his head." … "I did it to the right people."

The prosecutor said Saadallah refused to sign his comments unless he got a cigarette and started shouting comments about "magic" to appear mentally ill.

PC Sharpe noted that the defendant had activated the buzzer in his cell.

"He requested to speak to the detectives investigating the case and said the officers were taking the piss and that he would no longer behave."

"He added," I killed these c *** s, what are you waiting for? "

Meanwhile, Ms. Morgan described Omar Brooks as a "prominent radical preacher" associated with the banned terrorist organization al-Muhajiroun, a group that "promotes extremist Islamic ideology in Britain".

Brooks had previously been convicted of terrorist financing violations and was in jail in 2017 for breaking a travel ban imposed on him as a result of his previous terrorist convictions.

He had shown up in Hungary with another employee and was suspected of traveling to Syria to join ISIS.

A trial at the Old Bailey was told that a prison officer from HMP Bullingdon discovered that Saadallah was interested in speaking to and connecting with Brooks while they were in custody together.

Saadallah was described by the officer as "impressionable and fleeting" and was regularly observed at Friday prayers and in the gym with Brooks.

Ms Morgan said Saadallah's desire to team up with a known extremist in 2017 was "significant" as it suggests that the extremist ideology he faced in Libya in 2011 was for 2017, three years before the attacks on this case remained of interest to him. & # 39;

In 2017 he was at the same time as the well-known radical preacher Omar Brooks, who is linked to the banned terrorist organization Al-Muhajiroun, in HMP Bullingdon prison. Ms. Morgan said Saadallah was keen to connect with Brooks and was "impressionable and volatile".

In 2017, he was in HMP Bullingdon prison at the same time as the prominent radical preacher Omar Brooks, who is linked to the banned terrorist organization Al-Muhajiroun. Ms. Morgan said Saadallah was keen to connect with Brooks and was "impressionable and volatile".

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History teacher James Furlong (pictured left) and scientist David Wails (pictured right) were two of the men who were fatally stabbed

The hearing was also informed that Saadallah was from Tripoli, Libya and first arrived in the UK in early April 2012 after applying for a visitor visa at the British Embassy in Tunisia.

The six-month visa, which lasted until September 28, 2012, included conditions that he was not working or had access to public funds, and the visa was only valid if he was accompanied by his father.

He returned to Libya in July 2012 before returning to the UK again in October 2012 and applying for asylum.

In interviews with the Home Office on November 9 and 12, he alleged that he was involved in the militia involved in the uprising against Gadaffi between February 14, 2011, when he was 16 years old, and October.

Although pictures of him with firearms were later found, he claimed he was only "helping the wounded and delivering weapons and other items to the war fields … and guarding some hospitals".

In the pictures, Saadallah can be seen in military clothing, holding firearms in vehicles and on the street. There were also pictures of a small pistol next to bullets arranged in a letter "K" for "khairi".

Saadallah was refused asylum on December 6, 2012 when he was in Manchester.

He appealed, which was dismissed on February 8, 2013 when his report on the events in Libya, in particular the need to flee the extremist group with which he had previously been associated, was not accepted by the tribunal.

"Thereafter, Home Office records showed that he had fled temporary admission to this country," Ms Morgan said.

On June 29, 2013, he “became aware of the authorities again” and it was then made clear that he would voluntarily withdraw from the country, but by 2014 “he stopped cooperating with his voluntary deportation to Libya”.

Saadallah's immigration status continued to be reviewed and in 2018 he was finally granted permission to stay in the country until 2023.

The US citizen pictured, Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, was also fatally stabbed in the attacks in Forbury Gardens, Reading, last summer

The US citizen pictured, Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, was also fatally stabbed in the attacks in Forbury Gardens, Reading, last summer

In 2019, however, he was informed that if he were to receive another “adverse notification”, deportation would be considered. Later that year, Saadallah was convicted of criminal offenses in January and March 2019, which led to a review of his case by the EU Home Office.

On June 4, 2020, two weeks before the attack, while Saadallah was still at HMP Bullingdon, he was informed that the Home Office had determined that his deportation was in the "public good" but that the Home Secretary would take no action against the accused deported at that time because of a “legal barrier” preventing his deportation.

Ms Morgan said the legal barrier was "simply the circumstances as they existed in Libya at the time".

He was released from HMP Bullingdon the next day and is subject to licensing terms, including participation in mental health treatments and alcohol problems.

He is said to have had "relatively limited possessions" in his apartment on Basingstoke Road, Reading, but his possessions contained some papers in Arabic handwriting.

The script appeared to refer to the death of Saadallah's uncle in Tripoli and referred to "torture before death" and responsibility for "the snakes".

The handwritten notes contained the words: “We will be free and carry out the jihad and ask my Lord God that if I hold my arm, tears of joy will come down on the Hoor-al-ayn (the virgins of Paradise). I wait happily me. & # 39;

On June 5, Saadallah was released from HMP Bullingdon – just 15 days before the murders.

He conducted a reconnaissance of the park where he launched the attack that was caught on CCTV that was played in court,

Ms. Morgan added: “It is noteworthy that the defendant was reflecting on Forbury Gardens in the days leading up to the attack. He would have known that the park was important and meaningful on site. The statue of the lion was used as an emblem for Reading.

On June 17 at 7:32 am, the defendant conducted an Internet search (in Arabic) for "the definition of witches and types and effects".

He went near Forbury Gardens. CCTV footage shows him walking into the gardens and looking around … that was education.

Consequences: Police tents in Forbury Gardens after the Reading attack in June this year

Consequences: Police tents in Forbury Gardens after the Reading attack in June this year

He explored the park and the paths around it, the exits, and the area near the church, where he spent some time on June 17th. By the end of that visit, the defendant knew the area very well.

"Later on June 17th, the defendant accessed a website that resulted in an image of the Twin Towers being cached on his device."

Doctors who assessed the killer when he was released found that his state of mind was "normal" and any change in mood could be explained by his cannabis habit.

The conclusions were in stark contrast to unfounded claims made by his siblings that he had "abnormalities" in his mental health, the court said.

Other clips showed Saadallah using black gloves to withdraw cash and chatting with neighbors in the hours before the attack.

He went to the Morrisons supermarket on Basingstoke Road at 2:15 pm on June 19 and selected a large knife to use the next day.

At the checkout, he was asked for proof of age and bought the knife, along with a pack of mixed underwear, coaching socks, and a pair of gloves for a total of £ 19.25, which the defendant paid partly by card and partly in cash.

The next day, wearing a Union Jack headscarf tied around his left knee on the way to carrying out the atrocities, he passed a woman in a wheelchair who he presented with a Bible.

The killer remained "calm and polite" and said something like, "Here's something about a better or good life" before heading to the park.

Ms. Morgan continued: “When he got to the door of the apartment block, Charmaine Harper and her sister were near the door, trying to get out of the address in a wheelchair.

The defendant, whom Ms. Harper described as calm and polite, gave her the two books he carried: a copy of the Holy Bible and a Youth Bible.

"He was saying something like, 'Here is something about a better or a good life".

"The defendant knew what he was up to and passed his religious texts on to someone else."

Saadallah then went to a takeaway restaurant and bought a bottle of water before donating his change to Islamic donation boxes at the cash register.

The minute-long knife attack has been likened to "a game of duck goose" in terrible first-hand accounts given by friends of the murder victims.

CCTV footage from a nearby churchyard showed Saadallah running through the park trying to "kill as many people as possible" with the blade, the court heard.

As park visitors were enjoying the sun, he rushed towards the first group so suddenly that they didn't encounter the attack until it was too late.

Shocking testimonies described how one of the victims fell "like a felled tree" and others were cut in the neck and face.

Saadallah ran up to the victims and hugged them from behind while stabbing them in the neck.

He was initially seen taking "normal walks" before shouting "Alllahu Akhbar" and carrying out the attack with "precision" and "speed," it said.

The hearing continues this afternoon when 999 calls made during the "chaos" and "panic" in the park are played in court.

The conviction before Mr Justice Sweeney is expected to last two to three days.

The Ministry of the Interior was asked to comment on attempts to deport Saadallah.

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