IS supporter who discussed killing Queen jailed

Aweys Shikhey harboured "chilling fantasies" of murdering the Queen

Aweys Shikhey harboured "chilling fantasies" of murdering the Queen

Friday, April 6, 2018

A delivery driver who harboured "chilling fantasies" about murdering the Queen has been jailed for eight years for attempting to join Islamic State.

Somalian Aweys Shikhey, 38, dreamed of travelling to take part in violent jihad after moving to Tottenham, north London.

He kept up a veneer of hard-working respectability, sending money to his families abroad while applying for loans to bankroll his trip to IS territory.

But in online chat, he fell in love with a jihadi bride in Norway and discussed committing atrocities in the UK with a fellow Somali living in Kenya.

His fantasies included murdering the Queen and the then prime minister David Cameron as well as launching attacks with AK47 rifles against Tottenham football fans and the Jewish community in north London.

He was found guilty of preparing terrorist acts on or before May 23 last year following a trial at the Old Bailey in February.

Judge Martin Edmunds QC jailed him for eight years with a further four years on extended licence.

He told the defendant: "In travelling you were abandoning your two families, one in Holland and one in Kenya.

"On the surface you appeared to be a hard-working man, regularly sending money to your families. But under the surface you were increasingly radicalised.

"During your conversations with Abdirahman Hassan in Kenya you had discussions about the murder of David Cameron and Her Majesty the Queen and about committing atrocities against football fans and members of the Jewish community in the Tottenham area.

"These conversations, although chilling, dangerous and testament to your increasing radicalisation, were, in my judgment, more in the nature of fantasy than conspiracy.

"Given the scope of your ambition, including your fantasies about the commission of very grave terrorist acts in the UK, and your hatred for those who do not share your views, I have no hesitation in finding you to be dangerous within the meaning of the Criminal Justice Act 2003."