Man, 25, denies murdering Sir David Amess in ‘terrorist attack’ at Tory MP’s surgery


Ali Harbi Ali appeared at The Old Bailey today charged with murdering the 69-year-old at a church at Leigh-on-Sea in Essex on October 15 and preparing acts of terrorism

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Coffin of David Amess carried into church in Southend

A 25-year-old man has denied murdering Tory MP Sir David Amess in an alleged terrorist attack at a surgery for constituents.

Ali Harbi Ali appeared at The Old Bailey today in connection with the 69-year-old Conservative stalwart’s death where he pleaded not guilty.

All is accused of preparing acts of terrorism between May 1 2019 and September 28 this year which he also denies.

He was arrested following the fatal attack on Sir David, who had been an MP since 1983.

The popular politician died as a result of his injuries after being stabbed multiple times in a church at Leigh-on-Sea in Essex on October 15.

Sir David Amess was stabbed to death
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Ali Harbi Ali has appeared at the Old Bailey
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The dad-of-five was meeting constituents at the site.

Mr Ali, the son of an ex-media adviser to a former prime minister of Somalia, is alleged to have travelled more than 50 miles from his home in North London to the constituency event in Essex ahead of the killing.

Counter-terrorism officers descended on his Kentish Town flat and his childhood home in Croydon, South London, following his arrest.

Boris Johnson previously spoken of the “shock” and “sadness” around Westminster and the country following the death of Sir David’s.

He also announced that Southend-on-Sea would be given city status in the long-standing MP’s memory.

Sir David’s funeral took place on November 22 and his coffin was draped in a UK flag and three police officers on motorbikes led the hearse.

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Members of the public clapped as pall bearers from Southend Fire Service carried the murdered MP’s coffin into the church.

Sir David’s family said in a statement: “Our hearts are shattered.

“However, there was still so much David wanted to do – this we know from the events of the last few days. So, this is not the end of Sir David Amess MP.

“It is the next chapter and, as a family, we ask everyone to support the many charities he worked with.”

The MP’s family also asked people to “set aside their differences and show kindness and love to all”.

They said in a statement: “This is the only way forward. Set aside hatred and work towards togetherness.

David with his wife Julia on their daughter Alex’s wedding day, surrounded by their other daughters Flo, Katie and Sarah

“Whatever one’s race, religious or political beliefs, be tolerant and try to understand.

“As a family, we are trying to understand why this awful thing has occurred.

“Nobody should die in that way. Nobody. Please let some good come from this tragedy.

“We are absolutely broken, but we will survive and carry on for the sake of a wonderful and inspiring man.”




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