Ex-convict is jailed for two years after breaching terror prevention order 12 times in nine days following his release from prison
- Man attacked his probation officer and was sent to HMP Wandsworth in London
- 33-year-old jailed last April for 13 months for racially aggravated harassment
- He was freed on January 7 and made subject of a Terrorism Prevention order
- Man is only the sixth person in Britain who is subject to an anti-terror order
- Two extremists released from jail in recent months have carried out attacks
A 33-year-old former convict who breached a terrorism prevention order 12 times within days of his release was sent back to jail for two years today.
The man attacked his probation officer and was sent to HMP Wandsworth in South West London in April last year for 13 months for racially aggravated harassment.
He was freed on January 7 this year and made subject of a Terrorism Prevention and Investigations Measures (TPIM) order despite having no terror-related convictions.
Figures suggest the man is only the sixth person in Britain who is subject to an anti-terror order despite estimates that 3,000 suspected jihadis are at large.
Two extremists released from jail in recent months have carried out attacks – Usman Khan at London Bridge in November and Sudesh Amman in Streatham on Sunday.
The man was sent to HMP Wandsworth in London in April last year for 13 months (file picture)
On January 13 the man – known only as KG – breached conditions barring him from withdrawing more than £75 a day from his bank accounts. KG spent £492 on drugs, £283 in JD Sports and £11 in Tesco in two days.
The man’s identity was not given in court, which is normal for a case of this type when someone is facing a TPIM breach hearing.
Mr Justice Sweeney said: ‘The breaches were all committed within nine days of your release and the notice being served on you.
‘Terrorist investigation measure notices may only be passed by the secretary of state if it is believed on the balance of probabilities that an individual is or has been involved in terrorist related activities which are new, and it is necessary to protect the public.
‘So, compliance with such notices if therefore essentially in the public interest and breaches of them are very serious offences each carrying a maximum of five years individually and for obvious reasons they are offences in relation to which deterrent must be one of the principles.’
Two extremists released from jail in recent months have carried out attacks – Usman Khan (left) at London Bridge in November and Sudesh Amman (right) in Streatham on Sunday
Appearing at the Old Bailey, the dark-haired bearded male spoke only to confirm his identity as ‘KG’.
The court was told he was convicted of possessing cocaine in 2014 and failing to supply a drugs test sample in September 2018.
Terrorism Prevention and Investigations Measures explained
Ministers faced mounting pressure this week to beef up Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs) to stop attacks.
They are the toughest tool the security services have to restrict the activities and movements of terror suspects.
They are supposed to ensure that the police and MI5 can protect the public from British-based fanatics who cannot be prosecuted or foreigners who cannot be deported.
They replaced the more restrictive Control Orders which were axed in 2011 after a row over human rights.
Latest figures reveal that, as of the end of November, only five TPIMs are in force. In 2013, there were nine.
Critics have warned that the diluted powers hinder efforts by counter-terror agencies to keep track of suspects through surveillance.
Lord Carlile, the independent reviewer of terror legislation for ten years, said: ‘The Government either needs to reinstate Control Orders, which were effective, or increase the powers available under TPIMs. It is absolutely crucial that the authorities should have the powers they need.’
David Spencer, of the Centre For Crime Prevention think-tank, said: ‘It is quite staggering the Government’s main anti-terrorist tool is being used so infrequently.’
Jessica Hart, prosecuting, said: ‘It was January 7 when the defendant was released from custody. Since that date in the following nine days he breached the order on 12 occasions.
‘There is an unaccounted-for sum of £492 which it cannot be demonstrated what it had been spent on. The Crown case is that some or all of it had been spent on drugs.
‘He also purchased good at JD Sports to a value of £283 and £11.54 in Tesco. He said he knew it was wrong to take the money, but he said he was having some problems with his bank card.’
KG had admitted 12 charges of breaching a TPIM order at Westminster Magistrates’ Court earlier this week.
John Howey, defending, said KG admitted the offences immediately. He added: ‘He felt a sense of frustration and returned to some of his old ways.
‘He had discussions with some of the officers about the order and particularly cash element of the order. He was trying to build bridges with his family from whom he has been estranged because of his drug taking.
‘He emerged from prison to be greeted with this order, imposing really quite significant restrictions on him.
‘He thought the order was imposed in part because of his bad behaviour to his probation officer last year and was a way to get back at him.’
He was jailed for two years on each concurrently.
TPIM orders replaced the controversial control orders in 2011.
The Government said they would serve as a ‘less intrusive system’ and needed a higher threshold than control orders to be implemented.
The orders, which can last for a maximum of two years, can involve restrictions including relocation to another part of the country, electronic monitoring and limits on their use of computers and phones.
In the wake of the Streatham terror attack on February 2 Lord Carlile, the UK’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation from 2001 to 2011, called for control orders to be returned.