Asylum seeker Ahmed Alid jailed for life after murdering pensioner in ‘revenge’ for Israel-Hamas conflict

Alid, who also attacked his housemate, was given a minimum term of almost 45 years

Barney Davis,Katie Dickinson
Friday 17 May 2024 23:10 BST
Ahmed Alid was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court for the murder of Terence Carney
Ahmed Alid was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court for the murder of Terence Carney (PA Media)

A Moroccan asylum seeker has been jailed for life after stabbing a pensioner to death in “revenge” for the Israel-Hamas conflict. He must serve at least 44 years.

Ahmed Alid, 45, stabbed Terence Carney, 70, six times in Hartlepool town centre early on 15 October – eight days after Hamas attacked Israel.

Minutes earlier he attempted to murder his housemate, Christian convert and former bodybuilder Javed Nouri, by breaking into his bedroom and hacking at him while he slept.

During his police interview the day after the murder, Alid told police he launched his attacks because “Israel had killed innocent children”.

Alid shouted “Allahu Akbar” – “God is great” – during the attack at the Home Office-approved asylum seekers’ accommodation before fleeing into the street, still armed with a knife.

Doorbell camera footage showed Carney, who was out walking in the town centre, cry out “no, no” as he was stabbed by the stranger.

Wharton Terrace in Hartlepool where Alid attacked Javed Nouri
Wharton Terrace in Hartlepool where Alid attacked Javed Nouri (PA Media)

Prosecutors at Teesside Crown Court said it was not a frenzied attack but a deliberate attempt to target Carney’s body repeatedly before he walked off, leaving his victim for dead.

In a holding cell at Middlesbrough police station after his arrest, Alid launched into a speech in Arabic saying that “Allah willing, Gaza would return to be an Arab country” and how he would have continued his “raid” if his hands had not been injured.

Alid, who strongly disapproved of Mr Nouri’s conversion to Christianity, said God was “displeased” with those who went astray.

Carney’s wife Patricia Carney said her husband went out walking early every morning because he enjoyed the peace and quiet on the streets.

In a statement read to the court during the sentencing hearing, Ms Carney said: “Tess was doing what he had always done and enjoyed doing – he was taking a walk on a street he believed to be safe and a chance encounter with this man ended his life.”

CCTV still issued by Counter Terror Police of Ahmed Alid holding a knife.
CCTV still issued by Counter Terror Police of Ahmed Alid holding a knife. (Counter Terror Police /PA Wire)

She said she had been with Carney from a young age and, although they had been living separately for a few years, were “still very much together”.

Ms Carney’s statement said she could no longer go into town because it was “too painful” to be near the spot where her husband was murdered.

“From that day on, my life would be forever changed. I don’t feel anything anymore,” she said.

Javed Nouri, 31, said since the attack, he did not “trust anyone or anything” and that “all thoughts and feelings I had of being in a safe country have gone”.

“I would expect to be arrested and killed in my home country for converting to Christianity but I did not expect to be attacked in my sleep here,” his statement read.

“How is it possible for someone to destroy someone’s life because of his religion?”

Mr Nouri said he now struggled with mental health problems and had had to move cities, losing all his friends.

Alid shouted Allahu Akbar during the attack
Alid shouted Allahu Akbar during the attack (Counter Terrorism Police North East/AP)

He added: “I want to tell Ahmed: You are a weak person, because of your religion you attack someone in deep sleep and an old man who struggled to walk.”

During Alid’s trial, jurors heard his housemates noticed he had watched a lot of coverage of the Hamas attacks on Israel and began carrying a knife.

Concerned, Mr Nouri complained to housing bosses, the Home Office and Cleveland Police, and a manager warned Alid to behave or risk being thrown out.

Jonathan Sandiford KC, prosecuting, told the court: “He said he had committed the attempted murder of Javed Nouri and the murder of Carney in revenge for what he believed to be the killing of children by Israel.

“He swore by Allah that, if he had had a machine gun and more weapons, he would have killed more victims.”

Alid admitted Carney was “innocent”, justifying the attack by saying that Britain had created the “Zionist entity” of Israel and should make them leave, adding: “They killed children and I killed an old man.”

During questioning, Alid began to get agitated and got into a struggle with two female detectives, one of whom pressed a panic button that did not work.

The situation was so frightening, Alid’s own solicitor rang 999 to ask for help, before officers were able to force entry into the room and subdue him.

The judge at Teesside Crown Court in Middlesbrough told Alid he had shown ‘no genuine remorse or pity’ for his victims
The judge at Teesside Crown Court in Middlesbrough told Alid he had shown ‘no genuine remorse or pity’ for his victims (Evening Gazette)

The judge, Ms Justice Cheema-Grubb, ruled Alid had committed terrorist offences when he murdered Carney and attempted to murder Nouri. She said due to time spent on remand, Alid would serve 44 years and 52 days in prison.

She added he had waited to assault Mr Nouri when he was “asleep and vulnerable,” and that “the life he had started to build in this country was shattered by what happened”. Justice Cheema-Grubb said Alid then “attacked an unarmed and elderly man who was unable to defend himself”.

The judge told Alid the jury had “seen through [his] lies” after he claimed the explanations he gave to the police had been mistranslated and that political and religious causes were not his actual motivation.

She said psychiatric reports had found no evidence of psychosis “or any other serious mental illness” in Alid.

Alid was deemed to have a “minor mental illness” called an adjustment disorder which would have affected his judgement and was caused by pressures including his tension with housemates and Christian convert Javed Nouri, the “drawn out” decision of his asylum application and the “emotional impact on his religious sensibilities” of Israel’s response to the Hamas attack.

The judge said this offered “very limited mitigation” as it was not sufficiently linked to “such a serious level of violence”.

She told Alid he had shown “no genuine remorse or pity” for his victims.

Alid denied murder, attempted murder and assaulting the two officers, claiming he did carry out the stabbings but without intention to kill or cause serious harm. He was found guilty of all four charges last month.

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