Man who drove at pedestrians is found guilty of attempted murder
Salih Khater also struck cyclists and two police officers before crashing into a Palace of Westminster barrier
19 July, 2019 — By Samantha Booth
A MAN who drove his car at pedestrians, cyclists and two police officers before crashing into a Palace of Westminster barrier has been convicted of attempted murder.
Salih Khater drove his car the wrong way along Abingdon Street before driving directly at two uniformed officers at a security barrier last August.
The 30-year-old drove his car around London early in the morning before the attack.
He struck a jogger crossing the road who suffered injuries, including heavy bruising. He then drove into and through the middle of 14 cyclists. Six of them were injured and one suffered a broken collar bone.
The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command launched the investigation because of the apparent attack style.
At the Old Bailey on Wednesday, Khater, from Birmingham, was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder.
The Met say that at his sentencing in October, the judge will consider whether the offences were committed with a terrorist connection.
Commander Clarke Jarrett, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “Salih Khater carried out an appalling act to deliberately target both members of the public and police officers, trying to kill and injure them.
“My thoughts are with the victims and I hope today’s verdict means those affected can begin to put the ordeal behind them. Through our investigation, we found that Khater acted completely alone. We made extensive enquiries and searched his address and his digital devices, seeking evidence that could explain why he did this. Khater remained silent throughout our investigation and only at his trial offered the implausible explanation that it was an accident.
“However, the evidence showed otherwise and he now faces a considerable time in prison.”