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Man accused of plotting IS-inspired terror attack changes plea to guilty

Published 12/02/2016

Tarik Hassane has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder and preparation of terrorist acts (CPS/PA)
Tarik Hassane has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder and preparation of terrorist acts (CPS/PA)

One of the men accused of plotting to use a moped in a series of Islamic State-inspired drive-by shootings in London has dramatically changed his plea.

The first defendant, Tarik Hassane, 22, admitted conspiracy to murder and preparation of terrorist acts as the defence was about to start in the Old Bailey trial.

The charges state that he conspired with co-defendants and others to murder "a person or persons unknown" between July 8 and September 25 2014.

And between July 8 2014 and October 7 2014, they researched, planned and sourced a weapon and ammunition with a "view to committing an attack or attacks on a person or persons within the United Kingdom".

Three other co-accused, all from West London, deny the charges. They are: Nyall Hamlett, 25, Nathan Cuffy, 26, and Suhaib Majeed, 21. Some of them are also variously charged with firearms offences.

Trial judge Mr Justice Wilkie instructed the jury to formally find Hassane guilty and said he would be sentenced on a future date.

He adjourned the case until Monday.

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