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David Amess: Ali Harbi Ali guilty of murdering MP and preparing acts of terrorism

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The Islamic State fanatic, 26, carried out the “cold and calculating” murder at the veteran MP’s constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, on October 15 last year.

He told the Old Bailey trial he had no regrets about the murder and he attempted to defend his actions by saying Sir Amess deserved to die as a result of voting in Parliament for air strikes on Syria in 2014 and 2015.

The jury deliberated for 18 minutes to find Ali, from Kentish Town, north London, unanimously guilty.

Mr Justice Sweeney said he would sentence Ali on Wednesday.

Thanking the jury, the judge said: “It cannot have been easy to listen to the evidence you have listened to.”

Ali Harbi Ali carried out the “cold and calculating” murder at the veteran MP’s constituency surgery

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Ali researched MPs online including Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace.

He staked out the west London home of Levelling Up Secretary Mr Gove six times and he wrote detailed notes on how he might get to him.

But he abandoned his plans when Mr Gove was thought to have moved out of his family home after splitting up with his wife.

Later he told the police: “It was… So convenient to go to that address but I just, I don’t know why I didn’t do that one.”

London-born Ali had become self-radicalised in 2014 as he dropped out of university and abandoned his ambitions of purusing a career in medicine, the court heard.

By September last year, Ali had settled on Sir David as an easy target after seeing his upcoming surgery in Leigh-on-Sea on Twitter.

He made an appointment through the MP’s office, falsely claiming he was moving to the area and was interested in churches.

On the morning of October 15 last year, he was caught on chilling CCTV as he made his way by foot and train to Essex.

Within minutes of meeting Sir Amess, Ali pulled out a 12in carving knife and stabbed him more than 20 times.

He waved the bloody knife and threatened to kill the MP’s two female aides and a couple who had arrived for their appointment.

Sir Amess’ assistant Julie Cushion told jurors he appeared “self-satisfied” in the wake of the brutal killing.

In police interview, he spoke calmly about his terror plot and admitted allegiance to so-called Islamic State.

He told officers Sir Amess immediately suspected a “sting”, having been duped into talking about a fake drug “cake” in the television series Brass Eye.

He went on: “I felt like one minute I was sat down at the table talking to him and the next he was, sort of, dead. But, yeah, it’s probably one of the strangest days… of my life now, y’know?”

Jurors were told Ali had no mental health issues and he accepted much of the evidence against him.

Sir Amess was killed five years after Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox was murdered in her constituency.

His death led to renewed concern around the safety of MPs.

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