A STUDENT who tried to murder “as many people as possible” after ploughing his car into cops and cyclists outside the Houses of Parliament has been caged for life.
Salih Khater, 30, rammed his Ford Fiesta into crowds in Westminster during rush hour on August 15 last year.
Sudanese asylum-seeker Salih Khater rammed his car into crowds of people outside the Houses of Parliament[/caption]
The court heard the attack in August last year on officers guarding the Palace of Westminster suggested ‘a terrorist motive’[/caption]
CCTV footage was shown of his Ford driving at cyclists, who were left trapped and “screaming”.
Alison Morgan QC, prosecuting, told the Old Bailey that “miraculously, and contrary to his intentions, he didn’t kill anyone.”
She added: “Why he wanted to kill people is not clear.”
But Ms Morgan told of a “paranoid” email Sudanese asylum-seeker Khater sent to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn three months earlier to complain about the intelligence services.
And she said the attack on officers guarding the Palace of Westminster suggested “a terrorist motive”.
At least two people needed hospital treatment and two officers had to dive out of the way of his vehicle when he was “trying to kill them”.
He was convicted of two counts of attempted murder and has today been jailed for life with a minimum of 15 years.
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