The mom of the Westminster attacker has informed an inquest that she by no means suspected he was able to terrorism and is “totally ashamed” about his actions.
Khalid Masood was shot useless after stabbing PC Keith Palmer, 48, to loss of life and killing Kurt Cochran, 54; Leslie Rhodes, 75; Aysha Frade, 44, and Andreea Cristea, 31, when he drove into them on Westminster Bridge.
Masood transformed to Islam in 2003 after spending time in jail and his mom, Janet Ajao, stated he had “by no means stopped speaking about it”.
She stated he would inform her “Islam is the one faith” and he or she was reluctant to remain in contact as a result of all she “obtained was an Islamic lecture”.
Ms Ajao informed the listening to into the victims’ deaths that when she noticed her son for the final time, he stated: “They will assume I am a terrorist however I am not.”
She stated she had no concept what he was referring to and solely came upon concerning the assault when she noticed the information.
“As quickly as I noticed the physique I knew it was him,” she stated.
“I am totally ashamed. I am ashamed my son has executed this,” she added.
She additionally described how he as soon as was the “Unbelievable Hulk” over a row over what number of items of rooster he wished for his dinner.
She stated her son had simply obtained again from an evening consuming and “it was like he exploded”.
Ms Ajao informed the Outdated Bailey: “My husband went, ‘it is all proper, it is all proper’, and I simply grabbed maintain of his arm as a result of I did not need it to turn out to be a violent factor.”
She informed victims’ households: “I proceed to be deeply saddened by the damage my son has brought about. I want to supply my sympathy and condolences.”
Masood’s widow additionally appeared in courtroom.
Rohey Hydara stated her husband had wished her to put on spiritual costume and was “controlling and offended” – and that he grew to become significantly dangerous tempered whereas taking steroids.
She stated the evening earlier than the assault, 21 March 2017, he video-called her and his youngsters and appeared “very emotional”.
Ms Hydara stated when she noticed photographs of the assault she known as police and informed them “I believe my husband is concerned”.
Addressing the households in courtroom, she stated: “I do know it’s arduous for you. It’s for me on daily basis. I can’t think about what you’re going via.
“I’m sorry I used to be no more vigilant. I can’t imagine I used to be married to somebody that evil. I hope you’ll find closure and never let him win.”
Ms Hydara stated Masood was “very, very critical” concerning the health club and began taking steroids in 2009.
She stated he was “very, very brief tempered” and threatened her with divorce twice – as soon as when she refused to cease carrying trousers and once more when she requested him to surrender steroids.
“He would get very dangerous when he was on steroids,” she informed the courtroom.
Ms Hydara stated she had recorded a few of her husband’s rants when he was on the muscle-building medicine.
She stated she was not conscious of Masood associating with any extremist group, however that spending time in Saudi Arabia in 2007 had made him much more observant of his religion.
The inquest additionally heard that Masood referred to his murderous assault as an “thrilling alternative” in “chilling” handwritten notes made days earlier.
His closing ideas as he deliberate the atrocity had been scrawled on a street atlas present in his rented 4×4 after he used it to plough via pedestrians earlier than knifing a policeman to loss of life.
Ms Ajao and Ms Hydara had an utility for anonymity refused by coroner Mark Lucraft QC earlier than the beginning of the listening to.