Sir David Amess murder trial: Unarmed man confronted by knife-wielding MP ‘killer’, court hears | UK News

A man who confronted a suspected terrorist charged with the murder of MP Sir David Amess says he warned him ‘we’re not in America, we’re in England mate’ after the alleged killer claimed he wanted to be shot by the police.

Darren King spoke to knife-wielding Ali Harbi Ali after he fatally stabbed Sir David during his constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, in October last year, a source said court.

Mr King said he asked Ali if he was going to drop the bloodstained gun, but he replied: ‘I want to be shot,’ a jury was told.

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Sir David Amess was stabbed to death in October

The witness’s statement to the police was played at the Old Bailey where Ali is on trial for the murder of Sir David and planning acts of terrorism.

The 26-year-old denies the charges against him.

Mr King, who had arrived to meet Sir David with his partner Yvonne Eaves, said he saw two women running towards him as he approached Belfairs Methodist Church where the operation was taking place.

A woman was in tears and said, “There’s a man in there. He has a knife and he stabbed David,” the witness told police.

Mr King said he entered the building ‘to see exactly what was going on’ and saw Sir David ‘collapsed’ on the floor and another man holding a knife.

Ali Harbi Ali
Ali Harbi Ali denies murder and plotting acts of terrorism

Mr King said the knife threatened to stab him and talked about Syria and the war in Iraq and “the innocent people who died there”.

After the attacker said he wanted to be shot, Mr King said he told him: ‘We’re not in America, we’re in England, mate.’

Mr King said Ali was holding a phone and the witness could hear the knife sister ‘screaming’ and looked ‘hysterical’.

“I said why do you want to die? You talk to your sister, how will she feel if you die?” Mr. King told the police.

“He said: I’m going to be a martyr, I’m going to die a hero.

“And I said, No, you’re just gonna be dead, mate.”

CCTV footage and other documents from the trial of David Amess/Ali Harbi Ali ALI's home address at Gospel Oak Station
Ali reportedly said he wanted to be ‘a martyr’ after stabbing Sir David

Mr King said two officers in plain clothes and carrying ‘batons’ arrived and told the attacker to ‘put the knife down’.

The witness added: “With nothing on me (weapons), I was just trying to calm him down.

“Then your boys arrived, problem solved.”

Earlier, witnesses told the court that Ali looked ‘self-satisfied’ after stabbing the MP to death and looked like he had ‘achieved something’.

Julie Cushion, who was Sir David’s constituency assistant and ‘a close friend’, said she heard a ‘scream’ and ‘froze in the moment’ after a colleague revealed the MP for Southend West had been attacked.

A vigil at Leigh-on-Sea for Sir David Amess
Sir David had been an MP from 1983 until his death

She became emotional on the witness stand as she recounted how Rebecca Hayton “came running towards me screaming that David had been stabbed”.

Asked how Ali dealt after the MP was stabbed, Ms Cushion replied: ‘Complacency is how I would describe it.’

In a police interview broadcast outside the court, Ms Hayton told officers she was in the room with Sir David when Ali said ‘sorry’ and allegedly stabbed him ‘straight in the stomach’.

She told police: “David screamed and panicked.

“I think he stabbed him again.

“I could see David screaming.”

She added: “I saw (the knife) go in once and getting up (Ali) continued.”

Armed police outside Belfairs Methodist Church in Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, where Tory MP Sir David Amess was allegedly stabbed multiple times during constituency surgery.  Essex Police said a man had been arrested and officers were not looking for anyone else.  Picture date: Friday October 15, 2021.
The scene outside Belfair Methodist Church after Sir David was stabbed

Ms Hayton said Ali ‘smiled’ when meeting Sir David, adding: ‘He seemed relaxed and kind.

In a video interview with police, Ms Eaves told officers Ali had made it look like he had ‘realized something’ after the stabbing.

She told the court: “He had no remorse, he wasn’t like, ‘Oh my god’.

“He’s like, ‘I realized something.'”

Ali, dressed in a black robe, sat in the dock during Wednesday’s hearing, flanked by three security guards.

Screens were installed in the court which meant witnesses could not see the defendant, or anyone sitting on the press benches, while they testified.

The trial continues.

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