Suspected extremist broke terror prevention order by meeting woman for dinner and sex, court hears

A suspected extremist admitted breaking a terrorism prevention order by inviting a woman to his home for a dinner date.

The man, known only as QT, admitted the breach of the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIM) order at the Old Bailey.

TPIM orders allow the authorities to monitor suspected terrorists who have not been convicted of criminal charges.

QT was handed down a TPIM order in 2018 after being acquitted of terror offences.

He was allegedly a member of the banned extremist group al-Muhajiroun, which was co-founded by Anjem Choudary and linked to the 2017 Borough Market attacks and the murder of fusilier Lee Rigby.

The TPIM order QT was subjected to required him to tell the Home Office if he was meeting someone.

Prosecutor Emma Gargitter said QT met a woman near where he was living while they were both exercising – before handing her a business card with his contact details on it.

The pair then agreed for the woman to go to QT’s home for a date on 21 November 2020.

The evening “concluded with consensual sexual activity”, according to Judge Sarah Munro QC.

Describing his actions as a “blatant breach”, the judge said QT “knew the rules” which he broke.

After admitting breaking the order, QT was handed an 18-month community order, including 20 days of rehabilitation and 90 hours of community service.

He was asked to sign an extension of the TPIM order in March 2020 – including a 24-hour tagging requirement with curfews – to which QT wrote: “I was born free and refuse to sign a slave contract.”

The court heard QT had previously admitted seven breaches of the order in 2019 for meeting “vulnerable women” for “sexual gratification” at his home, as well as another breach for his use of electronic communication.

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He was jailed for 16 months in March 2019 for these breaches.

QT’s TPIM concluded in March 2021, and the judge accepted he had “now embarked on a new stage of [his] life”.

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