The 25-year-old from north London appeared in crown court charged with terrorism and Sir David Amess’s murderAli Harbi Ali appears at Old Bailey from Belmarsh prison
A man has appeared in court charged with murdering Sir David Amess.
Ali Harbi Ali, 25, is accused of fatally stabbing the Southend West MP at a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, a week ago.
The defendant appeared at the brief hearing at the Old Bailey, via video link from Belmarsh prison on Friday.
Wearing a grey prison tracksuit, he spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.
Mr Justice Sweeney set a trial date for Mar 7 next year, with a further hearing scheduled for Nov 5. He has been denied bail.
Mr Ali, from Kentish Town, north London, will face trial accused of murder and also preparing acts of terrorism between May 1 2019 and September this year.
It comes after he was remanded in custody during a 13-minute hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
The court heard how last week Ali travelled by train from his home in Kentish Town, north London, to get to Belfairs Methodist Church.Advertisementhttps://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.485.1_en.html#goog_478728046
During the meeting, he was allegedly seen to use his mobile phone before standing up, producing a large knife from his pocket and stabbing Sir David in the stomach.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) alleges the murder has a terrorist connection because of its “religious and ideological” motives.
It was said Ali was affiliated with the so-called Islamic State proscribed terrorist organisation and targeted Sir David over the MP’s voting record in support of air strikes on Syria.
The veteran MP, 69, was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.10pm and a preliminary post-mortem report gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds to the chest.