By George Day • 21 February 2020 • 12:40
A supporter of the Islamic State terror group today pleaded guilty to plotting to bomb St Paul’s Cathedral and a London hotel.
Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, admitted preparation of terrorist acts and dissemination of terrorist publications at a hearing at the Old Bailey.
The charge states that she made contact with a person who could provide explosives and also went on a reconnaissance trip to scope out the London landmark, as well as a hotel, hoping to find locations to plant bombs.
She prepared the words of a pledge of allegiance to the terror group between August 2019 and October 2019.
She also shared terrorist documents using the Telegram messaging app during the same period.
The defendant appeared before Mr Justice Sweeney at the Old Bailey today, wearing a black robe and speaking quietly as she entered her guilty plea.
The judge ordered that the defence should serve any psychiatric report by April 3.
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