Suspected terrorist will advocate for Sir David Amess’ death

A suspected terrorist accused of stabbing Sir David Amess to death is due to appear at the Old Bailey to argue his case.

Ali Harbi Ali is charged with the murder of the Tory MP for Southend West during an operation in a constituency in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex.

The 25-year-old is also accused of preparing acts of terrorism between May 1, 2019 and September 28 of this year.

Sketch of Ali Harbi Ali by a court artist in a previous appearance at the Old Bailey via video link from Belmarsh Prison (Elizabeth Cook / PA)

On the morning of October 15, Ali traveled by train from his home in Kentish Town, north London, to witness Sir David’s operation at Belfairs Methodist Church, it is claimed.

During the meeting he allegedly took a large knife out of his pocket and stabbed Sir David several times.

The veteran MP was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:10 p.m.

Prior to the murder, Ali was reportedly engaged in scouting the locations of targets to be attacked, including addresses associated with MPs and Houses of Parliament.

He also searched the Internet for targets, it is said.

Ali is due to be taken from custody to Old Bailey on Tuesday for a plea and case management hearing.

The hearing from noon is before Judge Sweeney.

The senior judge has already identified a tentative trial date for March 7 next year.