UK teen pleads guilty to Australian terror plot

A British teenager urged a Melbourne man to break into someone’s home and “get your first taste of beheading”, a London court has heard.

The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey on Thursday to inciting the man to murder police officers in a terror attack at an Anzac Day parade in Melbourne this year.

The teen, who remains in a youth detention centre, appeared by video link from Manchester.


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The prosecution dropped a second charge of inciting a terror act, namely the “murder by beheading of a person in Australia”.

The Prosecution said the intentions of the plotters and their targets were revealed when investigators discovered thousands of electronic messages between the boy and a man in Australia.

The court heard they both supported the Islamic State group.

A message sent from the British teen, who was 14 at the time, was one of the main, terrifying messages send between the pair.

It suggested the Australian man “break into someone’s home and get your first taste of beheading”, prompting the response, “it seems a little risky”.

Following the arrest of the boy, police made arrests in Australia and two men face charges over the alleged plot in a Melbourne court.

The matter was adjourned until September 3 for sentencing.

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