He is not a “Melbourne teen”, he is a Muslim, a soldier of allah. As such, he wanted to ‘strike terror in the hearts of unbelievers’, as his religion commands. Unfortunately, the judge must be delusional when he says ” Besim was previously of good character and should be rehabilitated rather than receive “a sentence that crushes his prospects”.
Melbourne teenager Sevdet Besim.
Melbourne teenager Sevdet Ramadan Besim has been sentenced to at least seven-and-a-half years in jail for planning a terror attack targeting police on Anzac Day.
The 19-year-old from Hallam, in Melbourne’s south-east, pleaded guilty in June to one count of doing an act in preparation or planning for a terrorist act.
The court heard he planned to run down a police officer and cut off his head in a violent rampage that would end in his own death.
Justice Michael Croucher today sentenced him to ten years in jail with a non-parole period of seven-and-a-half years.
The judge said the plot was “calculated to strike fear in the heart of the community”.
“It’s unthinkable that an 18-year-old boy would plan to kill a law enforcement officer by running him over and beheading him with a knife,” Justice Croucher said.
He said he was not prepared to accept Besim had “denounced his jihad views” but noted he had good prospects of rehabilitation as he was young and his views were still being formed.
He said Besim was previously of good character and should be rehabilitated rather than receive “a sentence that crushes his prospects”.
Besim did not react as the sentence was read in court. He blew a kiss to his supporters as he was escorted from the court room.
The offence carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, the same maximum penalty as the offence of committing a terrorist act.
The Victorian Supreme Court was last month told Besim did “normal” teenage things and dreamed of becoming an architect before he was influenced by extremists, including senior Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash.
This is a breaking news story. More information will be added as it comes to hand.