Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Extremist trio jailed for terrorism

Richard Dart was jailed for six years at the Old Bailey for terrorism offences (Metropolitan Police/PA)
Richard Dart was jailed for six years at the Old Bailey for terrorism offences (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Three British Islamic extremists including a white Muslim convert and a former police community support officer have been jailed for terrorism.

Richard Dart, the son of teachers from Dorset, and his co-conspirators, Jahangir Alom and Imran Mahmood, were sentenced at the Old Bailey for engaging in conduct in preparation of acts of terrorism.

They admitted the offence between July 2010 and July last year at a previous hearing last month.

Dart was jailed for six years, Alom for four years and six months and Mahmood for nine years and nine months.

Mr Justice Simon told the trio they held "radical Islamist beliefs and have shown yourselves to be committed to acts of terrorism".

Mahmood and Dart were both given extended sentences, meaning they will serve two-thirds of their prison terms rather than half, and they will spend five years on licence.

Dart refused to stand when he was sentenced, saying: "I don't wish to stand up, I believe ruling and judging is only for Allah."

The judge said they were all "committed fundamentalists" who would have been prepared to kill. He told Dart and Mahmood: "I'm satisfied to the required criminal standard that neither of you had ruled out an attack in the United Kingdom, and that you, Mahmood, were looking at arming yourself with a bomb."

Dart and Alom travelled to Pakistan to try to get terrorist training, and took advice from Mahmood who had already visited the country.

Former BBC security guard Dart also discussed bomb making with Mahmood, and military repatriation town Wootton Bassett as a potential target.

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