Sir David Amess murder suspect 'had been to MP Mike Freer's surgery'
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An alleged terrorist claimed in a police interview he had visited the surgery of Finchley and Golders Green MP Mike Freer, before killing Sir David Amess.
The 26-year-old is currently on trial at the Old Bailey, accused of his “cold and calculated murder”.
On the day of the attack, Ali allegedly waved a bloody 12-inch long knife before being apprehended by two unarmed police officers.
Jurors at the Old Bailey watched videos of Ali’s police interviews today - March 25 - in which he said he did not choose to target Plaistow-born Sir David because he was a Conservative, but because of a vote on air strikes on Syria in 2015.
“It wasn’t just him," he said, adding: "I went to Mike Freer’s surgery in Finchley."
Fellow Conservative Mr Freer - a former leader of Barnet Council - was first elected as an MP for Finchley and Golders Green at the 2010 general election.
The 26-year-old also looked at pictures of Michael Gove’s house in west London, saying he would “probably be the easiest one to get to”.
In the police interview, Ali said: “The reason why I started going to parliament in the end was because he (Mr Gove) broke up with his wife so (the) house got sold, he found a new place, and that felt like the closing of a door.”
Ali told police he had bought a knife five years before and kept it in his bag throughout that summer.
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In an initial urgent interview, Ali confirmed it was a “terror attack”, saying: “I mean, I guess yeah, I killed an MP. I done it, so yeah.”
The suspect told police no-one else was involved or knew what he was planning.
He said officers would find a plan to attack Mr Gove - which he "never followed through with" - on his electronic devices.
Ali denies murder and preparation for terrorist acts.
The trial continues.