Roshonara Choudhary who was convicted yesterday of the attempted murder of Stephen Timms MP was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 15 years at the Central Criminal Court Old Bailey this afternoon. The Daily Mail reports further:-
After the sentence was passed, a group of men began shouting in the public gallery 'Allahu akbar' ('God is great'), 'British go to hell' and 'Curse the judge'. A demonstration was also taking place outside the court.
Choudhry knifed East Ham MP Mr Timms as he held a constituency surgery at the Beckton Globe community centre in east London on May 14 after watching online jihadi sermons by US-born extremist Anwar al-Awlaki.
Mr Justice Cooke, sentencing Choudhry, said: 'You said you ruined the rest of your life. You said it was worth it. You said you wanted to be a martyr'. The judge said Choudhry would continue to be a danger to Members of Parliament for the foreseeable future.
The judge said that if Choudhry had succeeded in killing Mr Timms he would have given her a whole-life sentence, meaning she would never be released. He told her: 'You intended to kill in a political cause and to strike at those in Government by doing so."
Today, wearing a black headscarf, she spoke only to confirm her name when she appeared by videolink. She sat placidly, blinking behind her glasses, as she watched proceedings on a screen in front of her. Some of the 11 jurors who came back to court to hear the sentencing craned their necks to get their first glimpse of the woman they had already tried and convicted in her absence. She did not appear for the trial because she refused to recognise the jurisdiction of the court.
The court heard that a draft letter to her mother found on Choudhry's computer said she hated living in Britain and did not want to spend the rest of her life in a non-Muslim country. She said she could not live under the British Government, which she described as an 'enemy of Islam', and that she could not pay taxes to it or work as a teacher in its education system.
Four days before the stabbing, she looked at an online jihadi book which said that 'fighting the non-believers is mandatory' and that 'whoever kills non-believers is rewarded with paradise'. Choudhry told police she thought she would be arrested or killed for killing Mr Timms, the court heard.
Sentencing her today, Mr Justice Cooke said: 'You said you wanted to die because you wanted to be a martyr and that it was Islamic teaching that to fight and die for your religion is the highest honour".
According to the TV news at that bit she broke into a smile, showing emotion for the first time. They then showed film of the men protesting outside court holding posters which said, inter alia 'Stephen Timms go to hell'. Some of them looked like members of Muslims Against Crusaders who I photographed in Barking in June (which is only one stop on the tube away from Choudhary's home).
If any of these demonstrators are not UK citizens, then they should be kicked out of the country
Keith J. Kelly
the reason i'm most afraid of going to hell is that there will be so many muslims there