(LONDON) Court Report: Sudanese man Salih Khater who was given asylum in 2010 for telling officers he left his own country due to being tortured: He has Monday been handed a life sentence after being found guilty of attempted murder in July for ploughing his car into cyclists and police officers outside parliament #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.14: Salih Khater, 30, was handed a life sentence today after being found guilty of two counts of attempted murder at the Old Bailey in July: The judge found Khater, of Birmingham, to have a terrorist motive and claimed he tried to “kill as many people as possible” in the attack.

On August 14 last year, Khater drove his Ford Fiesta into one pedestrian and several riders who had stopped at a red light in Parliament Square, before careering into a security lane as two officers dived out of his way: He claimed he came to London to find the Sudanese embassy to get a visa when he “got lost” and panicked – but Alison Morgan QC had told jurors Khater’s attack was “premeditated and deliberate”…………….In mitigation, Peter Carter QC told the court Khater remained an “enigma” and he had still not offered an explanation for what he did.

He told the judge: “Had there been any evidence of any link between this man and a terrorist organisation or terrorist individual or had there been any connection that he had expressed any interest in or showed any desire to pursue any link to terrorism it would have been before your ladyship……………….There is not………………”The lack of evidence is not a proper basis for drawing a conclusion there is evidence of a terrorist connection.”

But Mrs Justice McGowan found Khater had deliberately copied other terrorists as she jailed him for life with a minimum term of 15 years: “Your undoubted intention was to kill as many people as possible and by doing so spread fear and terror,” she said…………….”You replicated the acts of others who undoubtedly have acted with terrorist motives. You deliberately copied those others.”

Salih Khater has been found guilty of two charges of attempted murder at the Old Bailey in London after trying to kill cyclists and police officers outside the Houses of Parliament (Image: Met Police/PA Wire)

The court had heard how Khater was born in Sudan and was granted asylum in Britain in 2010, after claiming he had been tortured in his home country: In the months before the attack, the defendant showed signs of “paranoia” about British authorities, it was claimed, and had failed his accountancy exams at Coventry University………………………The day before the attack, Khater had travelled to Peterborough and unsuccessfully applied for a fast-track UK passport, the court heard.

#AceNewsDesk reports ……………….Published: Oct.14: 2019: MENnewsdesk.com/

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