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Teenager jailed for planning copycat Lee Rigby murder

A teenager has been jailed at the Old Bailey for eight years for grooming a young man with learning difficulties to carry out a copycat killing of Lee Rigby's murder in Woolwich.

Kazi Islam tried to persuade 19-year-old Harry Thomas to buy the ingredients for a pipe bomb and to attack one or more soldiers with a kitchen knife or meat cleaver on his command.

The 19-year-old encouraged Thomas to start calling himself Haroon instead of Harry and attempted to radicalise him with stories of innocent children murdered by military forces.

Kazi Islam has been jailed for plans to copy Lee Rigby's murder. Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire/Press Association Images

But Islam's schemes were foiled when Thomas failed to buy any of the right ingredients for a bomb and let slip to "a few friends" what they were up to.

The defendant, who will serve his sentence in a young offenders institute, denied wrongdoing, saying that he only talked to Thomas about getting the components for a bomb as an "experiment" in radicalisation.

Sentencing, judge Richard Marks QC told him that his behaviour towards Thomas, who suffered from Aspergers syndrome and ADHD, was an aggravating feature.

He said: "Even on your own account, that you knew he was an extremely vulnerable young man, your treatment of him was as callous as it was manipulative."

Judge Marks said that since his conviction Islam had shown neither remorse nor insight into the seriousness of what he had done.

He ordered Islam to be subject to a terrorism prevention requirement for 15 years.


Father of Lee Rigby: I want apology from security agencies

The father of Fusilier Lee Rigby has said he wants an apology from Britain's intelligence services after accusing them of failing to prevent his son's murder.

Fusilier Lee Rigby was brutally murdered on the streets of Woolwich in May 2013. Credit: PA Wire

A parliamentary inquiry, released on Tuesday, said that despite operational mistakes, security agencies could not have stopped Rigby's murder in May 2013.

But Phil McClure told The Times that M15, M16 and GCHQ were partly to blame for not identifying extremists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, both of whom are serving life sentences for his son's death.

“All of them have a bit of blame haven’t they?” Mr McClure told the newspaper.

“All we want really is a good apology off them.”

Rigby family: Facebook has 'duty of care' to alert authorities

Social media websites like Facebook have "a duty of care" to alert authorities when users reveal their intentions to take part in an act of terrorism, the stepfather of murdered soldier Lee Rigby has told Good Morning Britain.

Lee Rigby's sister, Sara McClure and Step-Dad Ian Rigby, with Good Morning Britain presenter Ranvir Singh. Credit: Good Morning Britain/ITV

Ian Rigby criticised Facebook for not sharing more information with authorities when it emerged one of his stepson's killers, Michael Adebowale, had spoken of his plans to murder a solider in an exchange on the social media site ahead of the attack.

Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo drove into the soldier before hacking him to death near Woolwich Barracks in May 2013.

Speaking after the release of a report into the security failings in the run-up to the attack, Mr Rigby said it was "a necessary evil" for social media websites to share information with authorities in extreme cases.

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