The Westminster terror attacker was “not a proper Muslim”, his former landlady has claimed.
Cassie Havard also said Khalid Masood, who was born Adrian Elms, “s****** prostitutes”, smoked crack cocaine and “stuck knives in people’s faces” while living in East Sussex.
The Metropolitan Police have said the 52-year-old “acted alone” when he killed four people and injured around 50 others during an 82-second attack on Westminster Bridge and outside the Palace of Westminster.
Masood, who had previous convictions for criminal damage and possession of a knife dating back to 1983, is believed to have converted to Islam during his second spell in jail in around 2003.
“He wasn’t a proper Muslim,” said Ms Havard, as quoted by The Sun.
“He s****** prostitutes, smoked copious amounts of crack and stuck knives in people’s faces. He was a madman. After one four-day crack session, one druggie pal got paranoid and accused him of being an undercover cop.
“Adrian went absolutely wild and ran to the kitchen to grab the biggest knife he could find. He went back in the room and slashed the guy’s face to pieces. It was horrific, but he always had that darker side about him.”
The 43-year-old said Masood’s friends kicked him out of the accommodation.
Another friend reportedly said he took cocaine, ecstasy and LSD.
Another said he stole boats and sold fraudulent fishing licences in France.
Investigations are continuing into the circumstances leading up to the attack.
A 30-year-old man has been arrested in Birmingham on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts.
Another man, 58, also arrested in Birmingham, remains in police custody.
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