Ahmed Alid found guilty of murdering Terence Kearney in Hartlepool

An Islamic extremist has been found guilty of killing a passerby on the street.

Moroccan asylum seeker Ahmed Alid, 45, stabbed Terence Carney, 70, multiple times in Hartlepool in October.

He later told police it was a protest against the conflict between Israel and Gaza.

Alid was found guilty of murder and attempted murder in the attack on his housemate before the stabbing of Mr Carney.

He is due to be sentenced at Teesside Crown Court on May 17.

“Extreme interpretation”

During the trial, Alid, who spoke through an Arabic interpreter, admitted stabbing the two men but denied he intended to kill them or cause them serious harm.

The court heard he entered the UK illegally in 2020 and was living in a house on Wharton Terrace in Hartlepool with three other asylum seekers.

Prosecutors said Alid followed an “extreme interpretation of Islam” and had problems with his roommate Javed Nouri, 31, an Iranian national who had converted to Christianity.

At around 5am (BST) on October 15, Alid broke into Nouri’s room and stabbed him multiple times with a kitchen knife, shouting “Allahu Akbar”, which means “God is great”.

After Mr Nouri fought him off, Mr Alid ran into the street and met Mr Carney, who was out for his usual early morning walk on nearby Raby Road.

Jurors were shown CCTV footage of Mr Alido confronting Mr Carney, chasing him a short distance and stabbing him six times as the 70-year-old repeatedly yelled “no”.

KC prosecutor Jonathan Sandiford said it was “considered” not a “frenzied attack” because Alido surrounded and stabbed Mr Carney, with one fatal wound penetrating his heart.

Police responding to a 999 call about the Wharton Terrace attack found Mr Carney lying in the road, where he was pronounced dead.

Alid was arrested by armed police a short distance away.

During an 87-minute police interrogation, Alid, who believed he had killed Nouri, said the “whole issue” was “Palestinian independence” and that “there were two victims.” [was] “Better than that,” he said, adding that Israel “killed a lot of children” and “killed two old men.”

He said Mr Carney was “poor”, “innocent” and “did no fault” but was killed because Britain “founded” Israel and “should have left it”.

assault on the police

Alido also told officers that if he had not injured his hand when he stabbed Nouri, he would not have killed more people, and that if he had carried a machine gun he would have killed “thousands” of people.

Asked about the interview in court, Alido denied making such statements and blamed the Tunisian translator who assisted in the interview.

At the end of the interrogation at Middlesbrough Police Station, Mr Alido verbally abused a Tunisian interpreter before lunging at two female detectives who were interrogating him.

In court, it was revealed that the panic button had been pressed multiple times, but it was not working, and Arid’s lawyer, who was also in the room, called 999 and said, “I am trapped in a room with a terrorist suspect.”

Other officers who had been monitoring the interview from another room rushed in and detained Alid.

The jury also found him guilty of two counts of assaulting an emergency worker.

“Fear and pain”

The trial heard that Ms Nouri had complained to her housing manager and police about Ms Alido, who had started carrying a knife and was regularly threatening her.

Two days before the attack, a Cleveland police officer said no further action was taken because no crime had been committed.

The court heard Alid was a pastry chef and ran a coffee and pastry shop in Algeria before leaving in 2007 and moving around Europe before arriving in the UK illegally on a ferry from Amsterdam in 2020. did.

At the time of the attack, his asylum application had not yet been processed.

Speaking after the verdict, Deputy Constable Victoria Fuller of the Cleveland Police Department said the stabbing had “rocked the local community to its core”.

She said: “Arid’s actions have not only devastated his family but have caused significant fear and distress to residents of Hartlepool and beyond.”

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