Rapping jihadi whose real name is Sahayb Abu has been handed a life sentence, for plotting a terror attack during coronavirus lockdown.
According to the report by Metro UK, the ‘wannabe drill rapper’ dubbed the ‘Masked Menace’ bought an 18-inch sword, a knife, balaclavas and body armour online as he prepared to strike last summer.
He sent his brother sickening videos of him rapping about the beheading of Fusilier Lee Rigby and shooting up crowds of people.
Sahayb Abu was arrested on July 9 after discussing guns with an undercover police officer, who he met on a Telegram chat group for supporters of the so-called Islamic State group (ISIS).
The extremist from Dagenham, east London, claimed he wanted to become a successful rapper like Stormzy, who wore a stab vest on stage at Glastonbury. But a jury at the Old Bailey found him guilty of plotting terrorist acts after deliberating for more than 21 hours. Today he was sentenced to life with a minimum of 19 years.
His brother Muhamed Abu, 32, of Norwood, south London, was cleared of failing to tell authorities about the plot. The trial heard that several of Abu’s relatives had been linked to extremism in the past.
His half-brothers Wail and Suleyman Aweys went to Syria in 2015, where they are both believed to have died. Two years later, the Abu brothers were caught with their older half-brother Ahmed Aweys putting up poppy posters in east London saying British tax was used to ‘kill Muslims’. Sahayb Abu went on to associate with known terrorists while serving a sentence for burglary at Wandsworth prison in south London.
On his release on March 20 last year, he went from being ‘locked up to locked down’ as the Covid-19 pandemic struck, jurors heard. Over the next three months, he trawled the internet for IS propaganda, including pictures of fighters in balaclavas with guns.
He spent his £400 monthly benefits on two balaclavas, body armour, gloves, a camouflage hat and two blades, including an 18-inch sword, paying extra to get it sharpened. The jury heard how he posed in his combat gear in homemade videos sent to Muhamed Abu and boasted that the balaclava would ‘do the job’ and the body armour would ‘stop a bullet’.
In another disturbing rap, he described London mayor Sadiq Khan as a ‘sell-out’ and talked about murdered soldier Lee Rigby. Jurors watched footage of him dressed in a balaclava, rapping: ‘Fam don’t chat to me about no Gandhi Islam or Sufi Islam, I’m trying to see many Lee Rigbys heads rolling on the ground.
‘Man shoot up a crowd cause I’m a night stalker, got my shank got my gun… I won’t rest til my shank penetrate ya, got my suicide vest, one click boom and I’ll see ya later.’ After posting extremist comments online he came to the attention of an undercover officer known as Rachid in an exclusive IS supporters’ encrypted chat group on Telegram.
The pair met twice, and during their conversation used code words ‘silah’ and ‘duty free’ for firearms. On his arrest, police uncovered a black IS flag in the flat where Sahayb Abu was staying. In his defence, he denied buying the sword and combat gear for a terror attack, claiming his weapons were ‘props’ for his music videos.
He dismissed his extremist posts as ‘trolling’ and said he joined the Telegram group to attract women with his ‘bravado’. Abu insisted he hated IS, claiming his interest in the terror group was for news of his lost half-brothers. His lawyer Michael Ivers QC said the personas – ‘merciless troll’, ‘Jihadi fan boy’ and ‘wannabe drill rapper’ – all betrayed a desperate desire to be accepted. Abu has no previous terror-related convictions but was caught drug dealing in France and having a knife.