Monday, 26 Oct 2020

Lags ‘yelled Allahu Akbar and shanked prison officer during terror attack’

Two lags carried out a terror attack at a maximum-security prison and tried to kill an officer, a court heard.

Convicted terrorist Brusthom Ziamani, 25, and radicalised inmate Baz Hockton, 26, wore fake suicide belts and shouted "Allahu Akbar" at HMP Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire on January 9, the Old Bailey was told.

They set upon Neil Trundle with weapons including a shank and lumps of twisted metal after luring him to a cupboard, the prosecution claimed.

He suffered cuts to his scalp, arm and shoulder and was left covered in blood with blood on the walls around him, the court heard.

Prosecutor Annabel Darlow QC said: "The attack on Prison Officer Trundle was carefully planned and executed using a number of makeshift weapons constructed from the limited materials available to two men being held in prison, including a homemade shank, lumps of twisted metal which had been covered in fabric to form grips, and two makeshift metal stabbing implements."

Mr Trundle was targeted in his head, upper chest and neck areas which were "most vulnerable to attack" as he held his arms up and shouted for help, Ms Darlow said.

"When they carried out the attack they shouted Allahu Akbar – 'Allah is most great'," she told the court.

During the attack on Mr Trundle, a nurse and another prison officer attempted to intervene and were attacked and injured by Ziamani, it was alleged.

Ziamani then immediately returned to the assault on Mr Trundle while Hockton chased and "violently confronted" another prison officer, the court heard.

When another officer approached, Ziamani opened up his jacket to expose the fake suicide belt, and said: "I've got a bomb," jurors were told.

Ms Darlow said: "Both men strenuously and forcefully resisted all efforts to restrain them and after the attack Mr Ziamani attempted to barricade himself into his cell.

"It is the prosecution case that the defendants were motivated to commit the attack by extremist Islamic ideology. It was a terrorist attack."

The prosecutor said Hockton had registered his Islamic faith at HMP Whitemoor but that had been "corrupted into extremism" and he had been radicalised.

Extremist writings were recovered from both men, including a four-page hand-written letter carried by Ziamani spelling out his "expectation of immediate martyrdom" and "strong belief in violent jihad", jurors heard.

Material was also recovered from Hockton's cell setting out his desire to become a martyr, the court was told.

It took five or six officers to restrain Ziamani, who was laughing and muttering "Allahu Akbar" before the belt with wires coming out of it was cut off him, the court heard.

Asked about the belt, Ziamani allegedly told an officer: "I just wish it was real. It's a suicide belt."

The defendants were transferred to different prisons and their cells searched.

There were pieces of wire and plastic like those used to make the hoax suicide belt in Ziamani's cell, jurors heard.

A note on a scrap of brown envelope about someone in uniform and sticking "a spike in his head like a unicorn" was allegedly found in Hockton's cell.

The defendants deny attempted murder and the trial continues.

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