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14/10/2019 12:55 BST | Updated 15/10/2019 09:37 BST

Salih Khater, Student Who Ploughed Car Into Police And Cyclists Outside Parliament, Jailed For Life

He was found guilty of attempted murder in July.

A man found guilty of trying to kill a group of cyclists and police officers outside the Houses of Parliament has been jailed for life. 

Salih Khater, 30, was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years imprisonment at the Old Bailey in London on Monday morning, after being found guilty of attempted murder on July 17. 

He drove into a pedestrian and a group of cyclists who had stopped at a red light in Parliament Square on August 14 last year, careering into a security lane and crashing into barriers as two police officers jumped out of the way.

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Salih Khater

During his trial, the court heard Khater, of Highgate Street, Birmingham, wanted to cause maximum carnage and it was “miraculous” that no-one was killed.

But Khater, who had recently failed his accountancy exams at the University of Coventry, claimed he came to London to find the Sudanese embassy to get a visa, “got lost” around Westminster and panicked.

The jury deliberated over two days before rejecting his explanation and finding him guilty of two charges of attempted murder.