Westminster attacker obsessed over Theresa May and Donald Trump, inquest told

Westminster attacker obsessed over Theresa May and Trump, inquest told

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood obsessed over “racist and rude” Donald Trump and called Theresa May “a liar”, an inquest has heard.

Masood, 52, was shot dead by police following a deadly attack on PC Keith Palmer, 48, after fatally hitting Kurt Cochran, 54, Leslie Rhodes, 75, Aysha Frade, 44, and Andreea Cristea, 31, with his rented car.

An inquest into their deaths heard he told his children he was “going to die fighting for God” in the weeks before the attack.

Masood collected the rented Hyundai Tucson six days before the attack and then travelled from Birminham to Wales to visit his mother Janet Ajao.

His final words to her were: "They will say I'm a terrorist. I'm not."

The inquest heard Masood made searches for the Prime Minister on his laptop, protected by the password "Islam1", and made comments to his children about her and Donald Trump.

Gareth Patterson QC, representing families of Masood’s victims said: "He complained about racism and rudeness from the president and described Theresa May as a liar and said she was sick.”

 

‘He would love the fear he has created’

On the morning of the attack, Masood made additional searches for Prime Minister’s Questions, which were taking place that afternoon.

Masood was shot three times by a plain-clothes police officer as he headed towards Parliament’s Members’ Entrance.

Mr Patterson suggested that if he had been targeting the Prime Minister, he would not have been the only terrorist to do so, coming before similar foiled plots last year.

The Old Bailey heard Masood converted to Islam during the first of two prison spells and believed his faith was reinforced by "miracles in his life", including an acquittal for attempted murder and his daughter surviving a car crash.

But a former girlfriend, speaking to investigators after last year's March 22 attack, said he was "vile".

She said: "He was controlling, violent, obsessive, intelligent and narcissistic. I'm amazed he's religious. I honestly believe this is a front, an excuse to hurt people.

"He would love the attention and the fear he has created."