UK prison inmates shouted Allahu Akbar as they tried to kill prison officer, court told

Two prisoners wore fake suicide belts and shouted Allahu Akbar as they tried to kill a prison officer during a terrorist attack at a maximum security jail, a court has heard.

Convicted terrorist Brusthom Ziamani, 25, and radicalised inmate Baz Hockton, 26, set upon Neil Trundle with makeshift weapons at HMP Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire on January 9, the Old Bailey was told.

Opening their trial, prosecutor Annabel Darlow QC said the pair attacked kind and helpful Mr Trundle for terrorist purposes.

She said the defendants planned to lure a target to a store cupboard on the pretext of asking a prison officer to fetch a spoon.

Ms Darlow told jurors: The attack on Prison Officer Trundle was carefully planned and executed using a number of makeshift weapons constructed from the limited materials available to two men being held in prison, including a homemade shank, lumps of twisted metal which had been covered in fabric to form grips, and two makeshift metal stabbing implements.

Mr Trundle was targeted in his head, upper chest and neck areas which were most vulnerable to attack as he held his arms up and shouted for help, Ms Darlow said.

When they carried out the attack they shouted Allahu Akbar – Allah is most great, she told the court.

During the attack on Mr Trundle, a nurse and another prison officer attempted to intervene and and were attacked and injured by Ziamani, it was alleged.

Ziamani then immediately returned to the assault on Mr Trundle while Hockton chased and violently confronted another prison officer, the court heard.

When another officer approached, Ziamani opened up his jacket to expose the fake suicide belt, and said: I’ve got a bomb, jurors were told.

Ms Darlow said: Both men strenuously and forcefully resisted all efforts to restrain them and after the attack Mr Ziamani attempted to barricade himself into his cell.

It is the prosecution case that the defendants were motivated to commit the attack by extremist Islamic ideology. It was a terrorist attack.

The prosecutor said Hockton had registered his Islamic faith at HMP Whitemoor but that had been corrupted into extremism and he had been radicalised.

Extremist writings were recovered from both men, including a four-page hand-written letter carried by Ziamani spelling out his “expectation of immediate martyrdom” and “strong belief in violent jihad”, jurors heard.

Material was also recovered from Hockton’s cell setting out his desire to become a martyr, the court was told.

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