Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
‘ISIS-inspired’ mosque teacher, 25, ‘prepared students for terror acts by showing them beheading videos
- Umar Ahmed Haque allegedly planned attacks and showed pupils sick videos
- Denies charges including preparing terrorism and spreading terror propaganda
- Muhammad Abid, 27, denies failing to disclose information about Haque
- Another defendant, Abuthaher Mamun, 19, denies preparation of terrorist acts
- Nadeem Ilyas Patel, 26, also from east London, admits having prohibited weapon
- Patel denies conspiracy to possess firearm with intent to cause fear of violence
Umar Ahmed Haque, 25,(seen in a sketch from the Old Bailey today) allegedly planned atrocities across London when he was working at the Lantern of Knowledge Islamic boys secondary school in Leyton, east London, where he taught
An ISIS-inspired mosque teacher prepared his students for acts of terror with physical training and role playing classes as he plotted strikes on targets including Big Ben and the Queen's Guard, the Old Bailey heard.
Umar Ahmed Haque, 25, allegedly planned atrocities across London when he was working at the Lantern of Knowledge Islamic boys secondary school in Leyton, east London, where he taught.
He denies showing videos of beheadings to pupils at the school or plotting terrorist acts, but admits training children at the Ripple Road Mosque in Barking, east London, where he also taught.
Haque, who allegedly planned attacks on Big Ben and the Queen's Guard, has confessed to having copies of the ISIS magazine Rumiyah.
Prosecutor Mark Heywood QC said Haque decided in 2016 and early 2017 to carry out one or more violent attacks in this country.
Haque became obsessed by the Westminster attacks of March 22 2017 in which which five people die and more than 50 people injured.
'It proved to be for him a subject of fascination and contemplation, as you will hear him say in due course,' Mr Heywood said.
In covert recordings with fellow accused terrorist Abuthaher Mamun, 19, Haque said, 'We are here to cause terrorism, we are a death squad sent by Allah.
'Someone recorded the Prime Minister being bundled into a car and driving away and they were in confusion saying 'don't get out that way'.
'I like to see this, I wanna see these people scared and working for their money.'
Haque expressed fears of a 'snitch' and discussed the justification for killing civilians, jurors were told.
He allegedly discussed using a car, leaving bombs in a lift, and going for 'a quick spin' around Westminster.
Abuthaher Mamun, 19,(left) denies preparation of terrorist acts and Nadeem Patel denies conspiracy to possess firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. They are both depicted in sketches from the Old Bailey today
Mr Heywood said of Haque: 'There is justification of killing civillians, there is reference to the need to deter what Mr Haque calls 'the enemy'.'
Haque praised Osama Bin Laden and IS fighters in Africa as well as Khalid Masood, and had told the police he was a 'loyal soldier' of Islamic State, the court heard.
On 11 April 2016 he attempted to fly from London Heathrow to Istanbul and was stopped by security officers.
He claimed he was going on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia after a few days holiday in Istanbul.
Haque was in possession of two mobile phones which he had used to visit news sites about the terror attacks in France and Belgium and Syrian beheadings.
Haque is on trial with Nadeem Ilyas Patel, 26, who allegedly plotted with him together to obtain a firearm.
Patel denied that charge but admitted to having a Walther P99 handgun adapted to discharge a noxious liquid or gas.
Muhammad Abid, 27, denies failing to disclose information about Haque's terror planning.
Mamun, 19, denies trading in financial options in order to finance the attack allegedly plotted by Haque.
All four men were detained in a string of raids on May 17 after an investigation by MI5 and the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command.
Haque, of Forest Gate, east London, denies two counts of preparing to commit acts of terrorism, one count of dissemination of terrorist publications and one count of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
He admits to dissemination of terrorist publications, and four counts of collection of information likely to be useful to a terrorist.
Abid, of Manor Park, denies failing to disclose information about Haque.
Mamun, of Barking, denies preparation of terrorist acts.
Patel, of Forest Gate, denies conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. He admits possession of a prohibited weapon.
The trial continues.
Patient sexually assaulted by hospital cleaner as she lay drowsy in her bed on morphine wins five-figure payout
- Woman, 23, had taken strong painkillers when Ahmed Ismail, 44, groped her
- Incident happened in hospital bed at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester
- She reported matter to police and Ismail was eventually jailed for 18 months
- Woman has now spoken of ordeal after receiving payout following civil claim
Ahmed Ismail, 44, was jailed for 18 months after being convicted of sexual assault
A woman who was sexually assaulted by a hospital cleaner as she lay helpless in bed on morphine says the ordeal left her scared to leave her own home.
The victim, now 27, was an in-patient at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester when Ahmed Ismail, now 44, groped her as she lay drowsy in bed.
Ismail, who was working as a cleaner at the time, carried out a second sex assault the following day.
The woman, speaking this week after a compensation payout settlement, said she is still scared to leave her home four years after the assaults in 2014.
She said: 'I'm so nervous. I am scared to go out and will only do things like go to the supermarket when somebody can come with me.
'I used to be really bubbly and, as I come from a very large family, I'd always wanted that myself. There's no way I can imagine that happening now.
'I used to be admitted to Wythenshawe Hospital regularly for an ongoing problem. Now I just take oral antibiotics because I'm too scared to go in hospital as an in-patient.'
Ismail was employed at the time by Sodexo as an agency worker.
Law firm Slater and Gordon, which represented the woman in a civil case against both the hospital trust and Sodexo, said she had been 'failed at so many levels'.
She has now secured a five-figure sum in compensation. The hospital trust have now apologised and say that safety of patients 'is our utmost priority'.
Lawyer Kim Harrison said the victim, from south Manchester, had reported a previous incident involving Ismail to the hospital a month before she was assaulted.
She cannot be named for legal reasons. Ismail, from Hulme, was convicted of two counts of sexual assault in June 2015.
He denied the offences but was found guilty after a trial at Manchester Magistrates' Court and jailed for 18 months at Manchester Crown Court in April, 2016, after an appeal against his conviction was dismissed, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
He was ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for ten years and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order was also issued, banning him from working in any hospital or establishment where in-patients reside.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she decided to speak out about the attacks as a warning.
The victim was an in-patient at Wythenshawe Hospital when Ismail groped her as she lay drowsy in bed.
Solicitor Mrs Harrison said the victim was told the prior incident would be documented.
Ismail (pictured), who was working as a cleaner, carried out a second sex assault the next day
She said: 'My client was failed at so many levels. As well as the man who attacked her, by the people she reported concerns to who failed to take adequate measures to protect her until after she had been assaulted on more than one occasion.
'If her original concerns had been treated more seriously, than perhaps the further assaults could have been prevented.
'It's crucial that lessons are learnt by the trust about how to handle reports of inappropriate behaviour at a much earlier stage.'
A spokesman for Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), which runs Wythenshawe Hospital, said; 'We wish to again extend our sincere apologies to the patient involved.
'The safety and care of our patients is our utmost priority and we are deeply sorry that this incident took place on one of our hospital wards.
Ahmed Ismail was ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for ten years and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order was also issued
'Behaviour of this kind is completely unacceptable and is not tolerated. Following this incident, the Trust immediately launched an investigation to learn lessons that would prevent any further incidents of this nature.
'The learning from this investigation has been shared appropriately and we wish to reassure our patients, the public and our staff that any allegations of unlawful or inappropriate conduct are immediately and thoroughly investigated and the necessary action is taken accordingly.'
Monday, January 15, 2018
Uber driver, 26, denies attacking police officers with a 4ft samurai sword after shouting 'Allahu Akbar'outside Buckingham Palace
- terror suspect Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 26, appeared in court this morning
- Pleaded not guilty to one count of engaging in preparation of terrorist acts
- Was arrested outside Buckingham Palace after allegedly attacking officers
An Uber driver accused of attacking police officers with a samurai sword outside Buckingham Palace as part of an alleged terror plot will go on trial.
Terror suspect Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 26, is accused of driving a blue Toyota Prius at a marked police van on Constitution Hill on the evening of August 25 last year.
It is alleged that he then reached for a four foot long samurai sword he had stored in the well of the car, but was sprayed with CS gas and arrested as he shouted 'Allahu Akbar'.
Terror suspect Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 26, is accused of driving a blue Toyota Prius at a marked police van on Constitution Hill on the evening of August 25 last year (This sketch of Chowdhury was taken during his last appearance in court)
Two officers were taken by ambulance to hospital with minor cuts and discharged a short time later. A third injured officer did not require hospital treatment.
As part of the attack Chowdhury wrote a suicide note, it has been claimed.
Today he appeared at the Old Bailey via video link and pleaded not guilty to one count of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.
Due to communication breakdown between the court and high security Belmarsh prison, the court was not able to hear the defendant, but he was able to hear the proceedings.
Prison staff wrote out a number of signs with pieces of paper with the words of 'yes', 'no', 'guilty' and 'not guilty'.
Chowdhury was wearing a prison issue jumper and used the pieces of paper to confirm his name and enter a plea of not guilty to the single count.
The charge alleges that he obtained a samurai sword, purchased a knife sharpener, prepared a suicide note and 'drove to the area of London adjacent to Buckingham Palace'.
Mrs Justice Ceema-Grubbb said: 'This case will be fixed for trial to commence on June 18 this year, with an estimate of seven days.'
Chowdhury, of Luton, Bedfordshire, was remanded in custody to appear at the same court for his trial on June 18.