London delivery driver ‘discussed killing the Queen, David Cameron and Spurs fans’
A ‘terrorist hiding in plain sight’ spoke of killing the Queen, David Cameron and Tottenham Hotspur fans, a court heard.
Aweys Shikhey allegedly discussed attacking Jews in Stamford Hill and football fans with an AK47 as they left Tottenham’s stadium White Hart Lane.
The Old Bailey heard the delivery driver, 38, posed as a quiet, hard-working, religious man who lived in north London.
But Barnaby Jameson, prosecuting, said: ‘There was, however, say the Crown, an extremist agenda going on behind the scenes.
‘The face the defendant presented to the world was different to his real face. That is, a terrorist hiding in plain sight.’
The court heard that Shikhey was in touch with a Somalian man, Abdirahman Idris Hassan, in 2016.
When Hassan was arrested for terror offences in September 2016, messages between he and Shikhey were recovered on his laptop via encrypted apps Telegram and Threema, the court heard.
They discussed Shikhey’s plans to travel to Syria and Iraq, join Islamic State and carry out terror attacks in the UK, prosecutors said.
Mr Jameson said: ‘Hassan says to the defendant, ‘May God bestow you in killing David Cameron and the old woman Elizabeth’.
‘That’s a reference to the then prime minister, and what is believed to be a reference to the Queen, Queen Elizabeth.
‘They are talking across the encrypted messages on Threema about killing the then prime minister and the Queen.’
Hassan told him that ‘men are needed who can shake the UK’, and later asked Shikhey if he could get hold of guns and bullets, the court heard.
Shikhey allegedly told him: ‘They could have been taken to Stamford Hill and when people leave from their game.’
Mr Jameson told jurors this appeared to be a reference ‘to White Hart Lane, which as I am sure you all know, is the home of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’.
Shikhey, a Dutch national, has wives in Kenya and the Netherlands and children with both women.
He was arrested on May 23 2017 at London Stansted Airport.
He had previously been granted a £10,000 loan from Barclays Bank to fund his travel to join the terrorist group by pretending it was for a wedding, the court was told.
Shikhey, of no fixed address, denies engaging in conduct in preparation to commit terrorist acts.
The charge alleges he applied for and obtained monetary loans, purchased a one-way flight ticket to Sarajevo via Istanbul, and went to Stansted with $700 and Euro 400 in order to travel to engage in violent jihad.
The trial continues.