Sevdet Besim sided 10 -year jail term for Anzac Day terror plot

Published in Odd and Fun on 18th November 2017

Melbourne teenager will spend at the least seven and a half years imprisonment after guilty plea

A Melbourne adolescent who schemed to behead a police officer in an Anzac Day terror attack will expend at the least seven and a half years in prison.

Sevdet Ramadan Besim , now 19, pleaded guilty to a single terror-related charge over his 2015 plan to run down an officer and beheaded him in a rampage that would ultimately dissolve in the boys own death.

Besim was sided a 10 -year jail sentence in the Victorian supreme court on Monday and must serve at least seven and a half before he is eligible for parole.

Justice Michael Croucher said Besims proposed putrid deed was aimed at advancing violent jihad, frightening national governments and striking fear into hearts of the wider community.

The murder plot would also scare every law enforcement officer in the country and their loved ones, he said.

To the vast majority of the community, its unfathomable an 18 -year-old boy planned to kill a law enforcement officer, to crash into him with a gondola and then behead him with a knife, Croucher said.

Besim choice Anzac Day to make sure the dogs remember this as well as there descended heros[ sic ].

He said he was ready to fight these hounds on there[ sic] doorstep.

Id love to take out some police, Besim said in online chats with a UK teenager, where he debated his deadly ideas. I was gonna meet with them then take some brains ahaha.

The court listened Besim was radicalised by older, influential radicals he met at the now defunct Al-Furqan Islamic Centre, including elderly Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash.

He was also greatly affected by the 2014 death of his sidekick Numan Haider and became alienated from mainstream society.

Haider, 18, was shot dead outside Endeavour Hills police station after jabbing two counter-terrorism police. Besim was with him in the hours before the attack.

Corrections Victoria encountered a hand-drawn Islamic State flag in his jail cell last September as well as a accumulation of newspaper clippings about murderous jihadis fighting overseas. One of the articles referred to under Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf, who gained infamy after his young son was depicted maintaining a severed head.

Croucher said he was not coaxed Besim had repudiated his revolutionary notions, and protecting all levels of society was an important consideration. Im not persuaded to accept … he has in fact vacated brutal jihadism.

But the judge also said Besims guilty request, previous good character, evident repentance and youth showed his prospects of rehabilitation were good.

Besim pleaded guilty to one count of plotting to do an act in preparation for or strategy a horror ordinance. The charge carries a sentence of life imprisonment.

Besim blew kiss to a large group of supporters as he was resulted from the dock.

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