court artist sketch of Michael Adebolajo, left, and Michael Adebowale
who were found guilty of the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby. Photo /
A would-be teenage terrorist “ruthlessly exploited’ an impressionable
friend in a plot to carry out a murder similar to that of Fusilier Lee
Rigby in London, a court has heard.
Kazi Islam, 18, is accused of
grooming 19-year-old Harry Thomas to buy the ingredients for a pipe
bomb and to attack one or more soldiers with a knife.
on BlackBerry Messenger and social media sites were uncovered when
police raided Mr Islam’s house in east London, where he lived with his
family, jurors were told.
Prosecutor Annabel Darlow QC said Mr Islam had befriended Mr Thomas in October 2013.
went on to incite Mr Thomas to kill a soldier with stories of children
being murdered by military forces, even suggestting he started calling
Mr Islam then ordered Mr Thomas not to talk to
anyone after Mr Thomas admitted telling “a few mates”, the court heard.
The defendant allegedly said: “Don’t tell anyone… The brothers are
gonna come after me and kill me and they’re gonna kill u as well.”
The trial continues.