Great Britain

Two inmates stab guard in savage prison ‘terror attack’ using makeshift ‘shank’ while wearing fake suicide vests

TWO lags wore fake suicide vests and shouted "Allahu Akbar" as they savagely attacked a prison guard in a terror attack, a court heard.

Brusthom Ziamani, 25, and radicalised Baz Hockton, 26, allegedly used an arsenal of makeshift weapons to slash at Neil Trundle at HMP Whitemoor, Cambs.

The pair launched themselves at the guard after being motivated by "extremist Islamic ideology", it was said.

Jurors heard they duped Mr Trundle into getting a spoon so his back was turned during the "carefully planned and executed" attack.

The lags then used a homemade "shank" and two other makeshift "metal stabbing implements" to hack at the guard, the Old Bailey was told.

Mr Trundle was attacked in the head, upper chest and neck areas as he frantically shouted for help during the assault in January, it was said.

'I'VE GOT A BOMB'

Prosecutor Annabel Darlow QC said: "When they carried out the attack they shouted Allahu Akbar - 'Allah is most great'."

A nurse and another prison officer were allegedly attacked and injured by convicted terrorist Ziamani as they rushed to help their colleague.

Ziamani is then accused of opening his jacket to expose a fake suicide vest before claiming "I've got a bomb".

Meanwhile, Hockton chased and "violently confronted" another prison officer, the court heard.

Jurors were told it took five or six officers to restrain Ziamani, who was laughing and muttering "Allahu Akbar" before the belt was cut off him.

When asked about the device, he allegedly told an officer: "I just wish it was real. It's a suicide belt.".

The court was told both belts were made using batteries, pressurised cans, elastic from a pair of boxers and bottles.

'TERROR ATTACK'

Mr Trundle was left with cuts to his scalp, arm and shoulder with his blood splattering the wall, it was said.

Ms Darlow told the court: "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".

A note on a scrap of brown envelope found in Hockton's cell included the line: "Can't stand anything in uniform and if I see a cop on the wing I'm stick a spike in his head like a unicorn." (sic)

A four-page hand-written letter found on Ziamani spelled out his "expectation of immediate martyrdom", jurors heard.

The jury was told Ziamani was jailed in 2015 for plotting to behead a British soldier in a Lee Rigby-style murder.

Ziamani – who was converted to Islam in the spring of 2014 – was arrested by cops with a ‘toolkit of terror’ in his rucksack including a 12-inch knife and hammer.

Ms Darlow said: "The prosecution say that the evidence of the previous conviction shows he has a history of committing offences in which he looked to kill an officer of the British state for terrorist purposes.

"The prosecution say this is exactly what happened in the case, albeit transplanted from the outside world where Mr Ziamani had greater access to weapons and targets to the more limited confines of the prison environment.

"The prosecution contends that the ultimate intention of these defendants was to murder a prison officer."

The pair deny attempted murder while Hockton has admitted an alternative charge of wounding with intent.

Ziamani has admitted the unlawful assault of the nurse and prison officer who tried to intervene.

The trial continues.

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