A 37-year-old lady who swore allegiance to Islamic State has been sentenced to a minimal of 14 years in jail for plotting a bomb assault at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral and a close-by lodge.
Muslim convert Safiyya Shaikh pleaded responsible in February at London’s Central Criminal Court to prices of “preparation of terrorist acts” and dissemination of terrorist publications.
Shaikh, who was born Michelle Ramsden, was arrested after discussing the preparation and planting of explosives with two undercover cops.
The Metropolitan Police stated earlier that she “researched methods and decided on a plan to carry out a terrorist act, [and] travelled to central London and stayed at a hotel in order to conduct reconnaissance.”
Shaikh handed an undercover officer two luggage that she wished to be fitted with explosives, and she or he “prepared the words of a pledge of allegiance to Daesh [Islamic State],” the police stated.
The BBC stated she had practised Islam since 2007 “after being impressed with the kindness of a neighbouring Muslim family.”
It stated former drug addict Shaikh had “a deeply troubled upbringing” throughout which she had lived in youngsters’s care houses, amid drug and alcohol abuse in her household.