Streatham Terrorist Was Gunned Down by Police Who Had Him Under 24/7 Surveillance, Inquest Told

In February 2020, Sudesh Amman was shot dead by police officers after he stabbed two people in a south London street. Amman was released from prison only a week before the attack.

Prison officers had warned Sudesh Amman had “retained extremist views” shortly before he was released from jail, an inquest in London has been told.

Sudesh Amman, 20, stabbed two people after picking up a knife in a shop in Streatham High Road, south London on 2 February 2020. Both survived.

The coroner, Mr Justice Hilliard, told the inquest, at the Royal Courts of Justice in central London, Amman had been convicted of sharing terrorist material in December 2018 and was jailed for three years but was released in January 2020, after serving half his sentence.

Amman was originally from Harrow in north London but was staying at a bail hostel in Streatham at the time of the attack.

Judge Hilliard gave the jury a brief outline of what happened on 2 February 2020 and in the run-up to that day.

He said Amman had been subjected to a number of licence conditions, including a 9 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew and the wearing of an electronic tag.

But he said there were such concerns about Amman that MI5 and the Metropolitan Police’s Counter-Terrorism Command decided to put him under surveillance and this was increased to round-the-clock armed surveillance after he was seen looking at knives in a shop and appeared to buy items which could have made a hoax suicide belt.

Judge Hilliard said four officers had Amman…

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