Streatham terrorist shot dead by police after stabbing two on south London street while wearing fake suicide belt didn’t have to die, his family will tell inquest today
- Family of Islamist terrorist will say Streatham attacker ‘did not have to die’
- Sudesh Amman, 20, stabbed two people in South London on February 2, 2020
- Terrorist, from Harrow, north-west London, was wearing fake suicide belt
- Relatives will ask if Amman could have been arrested earlier rather than killed
The family of an Islamist terrorist who stabbed two people in South London while wearing a fake suicide belt before he was shot dead by police marksmen are to question if he could have been arrested earlier rather than killed at an inquest today.
Sudesh Amman, 20, was shot dead by officers from Surveillance Command and counter-terrorism specialist firearms officers after he stole a 10-inch knife from a shop in Streatham High Road on February 2, 2020 and stabbed two bystanders while wearing a ‘crude replica’ of a suicide belt.
Both his victims survived.
Amman, originally of Harrow, north-west London, had been under surveillance following his release from HMP Belmarsh 10 days earlier.
He was jailed after pleading guilty to six counts of possessing documents containing terrorist information and seven counts of disseminating terrorist publications in November 2018. He was released in January 2020, two-thirds of the way through his three-year and four-month sentence.
Sudesh Amman, 20, was shot dead by armed police after he stole a 10-inch knife from a shop in Streatham High Road on February 2, 2020 and stabbed two bystanders while wearing a fake suicide belt
Armed police shot dead Amman after he grabbed a knife from a shop and stabbed a man and a woman in a brutal high-street rampage in Streatham
Amman’s inquest, held before a jury at the Royal Courts of Justice in central London, is listed to last up to three weeks. It is expected to examine his background, his time in prison, his movements in the days between release and the atrocity, and police surveillance.
At a pre-inquest hearing last month, his family questioned whether the police and security services could have arrested him earlier instead of shooting him dead in the street.
A post-mortem examination previously recorded the cause of death as shock and haemorrhage and gunshot wounds to the neck and abdomen.
Amman lies dead on the pavement on Streatham High Road after being shot dead