Westminster terror attack inquest due to begin

Westminster terror attack inquest due to begin

Monday, September 10, 2018

An inquest will get under way later for the victims of the Westminster terror attack.

Four members of the public and PC Keith Palmer died on March 22 last year during an attack lasting 82 seconds.

Khalid Masood, 52, drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing American tourist Kurt Cochran, 54, retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes, 75, Aysha Frade, 44, and Romanian tourist Andreea Cristea, 31.

His rented car had mounted the pavement before crashing into railings at the perimeter of the Palace of Westminster.

Mr Masood got out of the car and ran around the fence, entering the Carriage Gates, where he came across PC Palmer, an unarmed uniformed officer wearing body armour.

Mr Masood, from Kent, fatally stabbed PC Palmer, 48, in the palace forecourt before being shot dead by plain-clothed armed officers at 2:41pm.

 

‘Security is also an issue’

On Monday, Chief Coroner Mark Lucraft QC will begin a full inquest into the victims’ deaths in Court One of the Old Bailey.

Each of the victims’ families have been asked to provide a pen portrait of their loved one to be read out at the inquest.

The coroner is expected to examine Masood’s background, police record and the fact that in 2009 and 2010 he briefly featured in MI5 investigations.

Security around the Palace of Westminster and the protection of PC Palmer’s body armour is also an issue.

Video evidence will include footage of Masood as he sat about hiring a car and buying knives as he prepared for the attack.

The hearings, which are due to go on for up five weeks, will be followed by a separate jury inquest for Masood.