Dartford-born Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood had history of violent temper and received first conviction in Kent - reports
PUBLISHED: 14:50 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:50 15 May 2017
New details about the killer’s past have been seen by the national media
Police warned of Kent-born terrorist Khalid Masood’s violent temper years before his attack on Westminster in which five people died, it has emerged.
Reports in the national media suggest the killer racked up six convictions over two decades, including some in the county, and alleges he was involved in a series of other violent offences.
The Guardian claims Sussex police chiefs had compiled a report highlighting a violent temper demonstrated in a number of crimes between 1998 and 2003, with “each of them seeming to be progressively worse.”
Masood, 52, who was born in Dartford and went to school in Tunbridge Wells, was shot and killed by police officers in March after he drove his car through pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and then stabbed former Bromley PC Keith Palmer in the grounds of parliament.
The attack killed PC Palmer and four others, and left dozens more wounded.
Some details of Masood’s criminal past emerged after his death, including a pub car park assault in 2000 that left a man named Piers Mott needing 20 stitches to the face.
However more details have emerged from a Criminal Records Bureau report, compiled in 2009, and seen by the newspaper this week, which outlines incidents for which he was not convicted, including an alleged attack in which he punched a woman, and two assaults in 2003 using batons and coshes.
In August 1998, aged 33, Masood “approached a 31-year-old female and said that she didn’t like him because he was black, she stated it was his attitude not his colour, Masood is alleged to have spat at her and punched her in the nose causing swelling, bleeding and a headache”, the Guardian says.
In September 2002, the report notes, he is alleged to have attacked two people in a pub, hitting one on the head with a glass and slashing the face of the second.
Less than six months later, in March 2003, he is alleged to have pushed a man to the ground and attacked him with a baton, “dislocating his shoulder, fracturing his collarbone and causing bruises to his head and body”.
Masood appears to have been acquitted for another of the incidents mentioned in the report, which describes how in May 2003 he stabbed a 21-year-old man “in the top of the nose” before bringing the knife down “through the bridge of his nose, top of his mouth and into his lower jaw where the blade snapped in his face”.
This description matches an account given by a scaffolder, named Danny Smith, who described how Masood, then known as Adrian Elms, stabbed him in the face.
Masood was charged with attempted murder but was cleared.
Three months later, Masood was in jail anyway, the newspaper notes, where he helped lure a 22-year-old man to a cell before his throat was slit with an unknown weapon.
The attack appears to have happened while he was on remand awaiting trial for possessing an offensive weapon in a public place, for which he was convicted in December 2003 and sentenced to six months.
Masood’s first conviction is said to have come at the age of 19 in 1983, when he appeared in North Kent magistrates court charged with criminal damage.
He was fined £15 and ordered to pay £105 compensation.
He appeared before the magistrates three more times, including for assault, using threatening or abusive words, possessing a weapon and assaulting a police officer, and served two jail terms.
Sussex police and Scotland Yard said they could not confirm details of an individual’s previous arrests.