Anzac Day terror plot: Blackburn boy sentenced to life
October 2, 2015 7:05 pm
A 15-year-old British boy who plotted to behead police officers at an Anzac Day parade in Australia has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
The Blackburn teenager will serve at least five years for inciting terrorism and will only be released once he is no longer considered to be dangerous.
He sent thousands of online messages to an alleged Australian jihadist and was planning “a massacre”, the court heard.
He is believed to be the youngest Briton guilty of a terror offence.
Police said the plan hatched by the boy – who was aged 14 at the time and will remain anonymous due to his age – was “shocking in its brutality and scope”.
The boy remains a “significant risk”, the judge, Mr Justice Saunders, said.
Dominic Casciani, BBC home affairs correspondent, said the five-year minimum term was a “window of opportunity” to see if the boy can be deradicalised before he is then moved into the adult prison system.
But our correspondent said he may potentially never leave custody.