A prison psychologist who assessed the convicted terrorist Usman Khan told security staff she was “very worried” about him being released in the year before his deadly attack at Fishmongers’ Hall, 死因審問は聞いた.
Khan killed Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones at a prison education event at the London venue in November 2019, 11 months after being released on licence from a high security prison after serving six years for terrorist offences.
On Friday an inquest into their deaths heard evidence from Ieva Cechaviciute, a forensic psychologist who interviewed Khan for six and half hours in three separate sessions in January 2018 in preparation for an extremist risk assessment report about him.
Cechaviciute recalled her alarm after the interviews at the prospect of Khan being released into the community. “Just the thought of him being released, knowing the conclusions of my assessment, I was very worried,” she told the inquest at the Guildhall in London.
Under questioning from Jonathan Hough QC, counsel to the inquest, Cechaviciute confirmed she passed on these concerns to the prison authorities.
Hough asked: “Was it because of that worry that you reported in these terms to the Pathfinder meeting which was, もちろん, attended by security and so on.”
Cechaviciute said: “I summarised it quite bluntly my understanding of his risk.”
A summary of her extremist risk assessment of Khan was read out by Hough. と言いました: “Mr Khan has made little progress whilst in prison. He doesn’t understand his own risk, and being imprisoned has made him a greater risk by elevating his profile. He still refuses to accept responsibility for his crime.”
During her interviews with Khan, he displayed “underlying anger and bitterness in his approach towards me”, Cechaviciute said.
She said she had been concerned Khan’s risk would increase once he was out of the controlled environment of Whitemoor high security prison. Describing her 64-page risk assessment, Cechaviciute said: “I went into a lot of detail explaining the pattern and his behaviour and trying to communicate that his risk is likely to increase when he is released.”
Asked to spell out what those risks were, 彼女は言いました: “It could be a wide range of behaviours under the Terrorism Act.”
Cechaviciute found that Khan played down his initial offence of plotting a terrorism camp in Pakistan and his violent and extremist behaviour in prison. “He was clearly denying any criminal intent in his actions," 彼女は言いました.
Asked about the significance of such denial, Cechaviciute said: “He will not be able to manage his risk because he is not aware of it, and he is not interested in managing himself.”
She also noted that Khan frequently lied to her about his behaviour. “I was quite certain that there was little honesty in what he was telling me," 彼女は言いました.
彼女は付け加えた: “Mr Khan was not able to reduce his risk, whilst in prison, and due to the company he was keeping and the behaviours he was engaging in, it was quite likely that his risk was exacerbated even more. It’s quite likely that his risk therefore [would continue] into the community.”
Cechaviciute’s report set out a number of warning signs to look out for in Khan’s behaviour including boredom and loss of status.
The inquest was told that Khan was furious when shown a draft of Cechaviciute’s report in March 2018. 彼女は言いました: “He very angry. And he was very upset about security information being used, saying that that it was invalid, inappropriate and speculative.”