Inside warped mind of Poundland terrorist who said he wanted to kill the Queen

Terrorist Sudesh Amman's troubled life can be traced back to his school days and his warped view of the world followed him into adulthood.

The 20-year-old, born in 1999, was shot dead by officers moments after he stabbed two people in a frenzy in the middle of the street in Streatham, south London, in 2020.

Amman, who also was known as Sudesh Faraz, began knifing innocent members of the public less than two weeks after he was released from prison – where he boasted about plans to slay the Queen to fellow lags.

The Daily Star takes a look at the attacker's life, who was born in Coventry and the oldest of six brothers of Sri Lankan descent before he was known as the Streatham Terrorist.

Savage student

The brutal violence began years before the terrorist attack in London that shocked millions.

Amman allegedly attacked a fellow pupil with a "gun, axe and sword" in April 2016, and in February the following year, he attempted to slash a classmate with broken glass before punching him in the head.

In a mental health assessment, Amman also claimed he had seen first-hand the "decapitation of human bodies" while on a trip to Sri Lanka when he was only aged 14 or 15.

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As a 19-year-old, he was arrested on suspicion of preparing a terrorist act after a Dutch blogger informed police of his posts in a chat group.

He pleaded guilty to 13 counts of possessing documents useful to terrorists and disseminating them.

He was sent to jail for 40-months, but under the rules at the time, he would be released halfway through the sentence.

"Not finished yet"

Amman was sent to Belmarsh Prison – home to notorious killers like Danyal Hussein and Stephen Port the 'Grindr Killer' – but instead of trying to turn his life around, he worked on radicalising other lags inside.

An entry on the Mercury Intelligence System, used by the prison to record information on inmates, revealed he had "openly shared extreme views which include a desire to kill the Queen, become a suicide bomber and join ISIS," his inquest revealed.

He was moved to the high-security unit but that made it easier for him to mix with other convicted terrorists.

His cell was decorated with graffiti resembling the Islamic State's flag and a note was found with a pledge of allegiance to the group's leader – but it was not clear if it was his handwriting in the note.

During his time inside, he "bulked up" by going to the gym, and told another inmate he wasn't "finished with these non-believers yet".

But under the rules in place at the time, he was released eight days later, on January 23.

"Bye bye, I love you Mummy"

Amman had a satellite-linked ankle tag to track his whereabouts and a curfew and after a few days, armed surveillance officers were put in the circulation of his tracking.

A week after being released, he was seen in Poundland buying aluminum foil, parcel tape, and Irn Bru – officers feared the items could be made into a hoax suicide belt.

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On February 1, he left the hostel in a camouflage coat and empty JD Sports bag across his stomach – nobody knowing he was hiding something sinister like a fake suicide vest underneath.

He was followed by nine officers, some on foot, in cars, and one on a motorbike, to Streatham High Road.

Amman phoned his mum on the way and ended the call telling her: "Bye bye, I love you Mummy."

He was seen entering a households good shop called Low Price Store and before officers undercover were able to follow him in, he ran out with a large kitchen knife.

He stabbed a woman and a man, innocent bystanders, and miraculously they both survived.

The 62-second attack from the point Amman left the shop to when he was apprehended outside Boots was caught on CCTV.

When armed police approached, asking him to stop, he still held the knife as he stepped towards them – both officers opened fire and he was shot.

He was shot six times after lunging at officers, between two and four bullets piercing him.

He was declared dead 90 minutes later after a ballistics officer declared the fake suicide belt he was wearing was safe.

Jurors at his inquest concluded Amman was lawfully killed.

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