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15-year-old British boy given life sentence over Australia terror plot

A "dangerous" 15-year-old boy from Blackburn has been sentenced to life with a minimum term of five years for orchestrating a "chilling" plot to attack Anzac Day celebrations in Australia.

The boy, who plotted the attack when he was 14, wanted police officers to be beheaded at a parade in Melbourne in April. He pleaded guilty to inciting terrorism overseas in July - making him Britain's youngest terrorist.

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Barrister: Anzac Day plot teen offered limited 'guidance'

A barrister, representing a British teenager who is due to be sentenced for his involvement in a terror plot targeting Australia, has questioned the prosecution's argument that he was a driving force behind the plan.

James Pickup QC, said the 14-year-old, who is now 15, had been communicating with an 18-year-old Australian who was already radicalised and fully aware of jihadist ideology.

The plan was to stage the attack on the centenary of the First World War Anzac landings on 25 April.

It is apparent that (the defendant) provided no more than emotional support, guidance to a limited degree, to someone who was well versed in the preparation of terrorist attacks.

– James Pickup QC

Mr Pickup said the teenager had made considerable progress at the specialist unit where he is being held.

He told the judge: "He accepts his crimes were barbaric, immoral and wholly wrong."

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty in July to inciting terrorism overseas. He will be sentenced on Friday.

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