Former convict is jailed after breaching terror prevention order

Racist thug is jailed for two years after breaching controversial TPIM anti-terror order 12 times in nine days following his January release from prison

  • Man attacked his probation officer before being sent to HMP Wandsworth
  • 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 thug who attacked his probation officer and breached a terrorism prevention order 12 times within days of his release was sent back to jail for two years today.

The 33-year-old man, known only as ‘KG’, was sent to HMP Wandsworth in South West London in April 2019 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.

KG is thought to be 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 Government is pressing ahead with plans for emergency laws to keep terrorists behind bars for longer, by ending automatic release halfway through a sentence.

The man was sent to HMP Wandsworth in London in April last year for 13 months (file picture)

There are thought to be 224 terrorists in prison in Britain, with most believed to be holding Islamist extremist views – and as many as 50 could be freed this year.

Amman was jailed for possessing and distributing terrorist documents in December 2018, but was freed automatically halfway through his sentence a fortnight ago. 

On January 13, 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.

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

‘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.

Terrorism Prevention and Investigations Measures explained

Ministers are facing mounting pressure to beef up Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs) to stop terror 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 can’t be deported.

They replaced the more restrictive Control Orders which were axed in 2011 on the demand of then Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg following a row over human rights.

But as of the end of November, only five TPIMs were in force. As recently as 2013, there were nine.

Critics have warned that the diluted powers hinder efforts by counter-terror agencies to keep track of suspects through surveillance.

The UK’s terror threat level is currently ‘severe’ – the second highest level – amid warnings that a jihadist atrocity is ‘highly likely’.

Calls for stricter measures come after two extremists who were released from prison carried out atrocities on Britain’s streets.

In November, Usman Khan, who was previously convicted of a plot to blow up the Stock Exchange, was left free to kill two victims in a knife rampage at a prisoner rehabilitation conference at Fishmongers’ Hall in London.

And on Sunday, Sudesh Amman, who was freed from jail despite telling inmates he wanted to kill an MP, was shot dead in the midst of a knife rampage in Streatham. He was considered so dangerous he was being trailed by a team of spies and armed police.

British judges have been accused of weakening T-Pims by chiselling away their conditions and making it very difficult for the security services to secure them.

This has meant that they have become reluctant to seek them, fearing that they would be squandering thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money on legal fees for little gain. 

Control orders were introduced by Labour in 2005 to deal with dangerous extremists who could not be hauled before the courts. 

But they were watered down in January 2012 at the insistence of the Lib Dems who said they were unfair as the suspects had not been found guilty of a crime. 

‘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.’

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.

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 Sunday Lord Carlile, the UK’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation from 2001 to 2011, called for control orders to be returned.

Lord Carlile, the UK’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation from 2001 to 2011, called for control orders to be returned. He is pictured speaking on the BBC’s Newsnight last year

He said earlier this week: ‘It’s concerning that there are only five T-Pims given the threat from terrorism. That proves they are not working particularly well.

‘The Government either needs to reinstate Control Orders, which were effective, or increase the powers available under T-Pims – I don’t mind which as long as they do something.

‘That would protect the public very significantly from people who are very dangerous, like Sudesh Amman, by keeping them off the streets and under surveillance. It is absolutely crucial that the authorities should have the powers they need.’ 

David Spencer, of the Centre For Crime Prevention think-tank, said: ‘As the public come to terms with the latest terrorist attack on our streets, it is quite staggering that the Government’s main anti-terrorist tool is being used so infrequently.

‘A lot of work went into getting the T-Pim’s system set up with the sole intention of protecting the public from dangerous terrorists. It is quite clear they are being seriously underused and this is something the Government needs to look at urgently.

‘Their decision to stop realising terrorists from their sentences early is long overdue but there is much more they can be doing to protect people from terrorism within the current legal framework. Now is the time for that to happen.’

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