UK Teenager Pleads Guilty to Inciting Terrorism Abroad

lt;pgt;A 15-year-old boy from the UK has admitted involvement in a terror plot to behead police officers in Australia, the youngest British citizen to be charged with terrorist offenses in the UK.lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;The boy, who was 14 at the time of the offence and cannot be named due to his age, admitted to inciting an Isis-inspired terror attack by encouraging an Australian teen to murder police officers attending the annual Anzac parade in Melbourne at the Old Bailey in London on Thursday.lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;Anzac day is held every year on 25 April in Australia. It commemorates the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps#039; First World War battle in Gallipoli between April 25, 1915 and January 9, 1916.lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;The boy, from Blackburn, Lancashire, admitted that he plotted with 18-year-old Australian Sevdet Besim, instructing him to behead police officers and citizens gathered to watch the Anzac Parades in Melbourne this year, which marked exactly 100 years since the battle in Gallipoli began on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey.lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;On Thursday, court heard that the British boy had sent thousands of messages to the mobile phone of Besim, a supporter the Islamic State militant group, in 2014.lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;On March 18, 2014, when the boy was 14, he sent a message to Besim, telling him to behead a member of the public. quot;I suggest you break into someone#039;s house and get your first taste of beheading,quot; the text lt;a href=quot;http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-33633915quot; rel=quot;nofollowquot;gt;readlt;/agt;.lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;Although the boy, who is originally from Blackburn, could have incurred two separate lt;a href=quot;http://news.sky.com/story/1523921/boy-pleads-guilty-to-inciting-parade-terrorquot; rel=quot;nofollowquot;gt;chargeslt;/agt;—one for inciting a terror attack overseas and another for inciting a beheading—the prosecution decided to only charge him on one count of inciting terrorism overseas, including the beheading exchanges as quot;part and parcelquot; of the first offence.lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;Speaking at the Old Bailey on Thursday, Judge Mr Justice Saunders ordered pre-sentence reports assess if the British boy had become indoctrinated.lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;He said: quot;Dealing with someone of this age is an extremely difficult sentencing process and I will need all the help I can get.quot;lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;The British teenager, who entered his plea in court via video link, is currently being held in a youth detention centre in Manchester. He is due to be sentenced on 3 September at lt;a href=quot;http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/anzac-day-isis-terror-plot-british-15yearold-boy-pleads-guilty-to-involvement-10409761.htmlquot; rel=quot;nofollowquot;gt;Manchester Crown Courtlt;/agt;.lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;Police in the UK were informed of the involvement of the 14-year-old British suspect earlier this year while the Australian authorities investigated the death of another Isis supporter, Besim#039;s friend Numan Haider.lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;Police began analysing conversations from Besim#039;s phone, after a Justice Peter Riordan removed a suppression order the transcripts, which was placed on the conversations because the British boy was a minor.lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;Haider was shot dead by Australian police in September 2014 after he entered a police carpark and attacked an officer with a knife. Police had been watching him since the beginning of 2014, suspecting he posed a major security threat to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, after a tip off from a person close to Haider.lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;Haider#039;s death in September 2014 resulted in the authorities picking up on Besim, noticing the long hours he would spend at Haider#039;s grave.lt;/pgt; lt;pgt;Besim was arrested during early morning raids in Melbourne in April. He was refused bail in June 2015, and is due to appear for the first time in court this August.lt;/pgt;

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