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Australia plot terrorist is given life sentence

By Kim Pilling

A 14-year-old boy groomed into becoming a "deeply committed extremist" would have been "pleased" if his plot to murder police officers in Australia had succeeded, a judge said yesterday.

Sentencing the teenager from Blackburn, Lancashire, Mr Justice Saunders said it was "chilling" that someone of his age had been so radicalised that he intended and wished for people to die.

The youth - Britain's youngest terrorist - was detained for life and told he must serve at least five years in custody before he could be considered for release.

One expert concluded the defendant, now aged 15, presently posed a high risk of serious harm to the public including forces and emergency service personnel worldwide, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Over the course of nine days in March this year the teenager took on the role of "organiser and adviser" to an alleged Australian jihadist in a plan to murder police officers by beheading or with a car in Melbourne the following month.

Anzac Day was the chosen date because of "its importance to Australia and its people" when those who have died in conflict are honoured, the court heard.

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