A Muslim asylum seeker who rammed his car into cyclists outside Parliament before trying to run down police guards in a determined attempt to “kill and maim” as many people as possible is facing years in prison today.
UK Standard (h/t John ZH) – Salih Khater, 30, circled Parliament Square four times before accelerating his Ford Fiesta at a group of cyclists waiting at traffic lights.
Leaving several of them wounded on the ground, Khater rammed his car into a police barrier at a side entrance to the Houses of Parliament as two officers desperately dived out of the way.
Prosecutor Alison Morgan QC said Khater, an asylum seeker from Sudan, had wanted to “cause maximum death and injury” but those hurt had miraculously survived.
Khater denied two charges of attempted murder at an Old Bailey trial, claiming the incident was an accident. He was convicted unanimously by a jury this morning.
The Crown Prosecution Service said it was “reasonable to assume he had a terrorist motive”, though detectives did not uncover any extremist material or signs of a reason for the attack.