The ex-wife of one of many London Bridge attackers stated she was “shocked” at his involvement as she gave particulars of their life collectively on the victims’ inquests.
Charisse O’Leary broke down in tears as she advised the courtroom what she knew about Rachid Redouane, 30, with whom she had a baby.
Ms O’Leary started a relationship with Redouane – one among three perpetrators of the three June 2017 assault – in 2010 when he was working as a cash-in-hand pastry chef, she advised the inquest.
The pair married in 2012 and he or she grew to become pregnant in 2015.
She says she didn’t see any extremist views from Redouane, nor his household when she met them in 2014.
In March 2016, the couple moved to Barking the place there was a mosque close by which enabled Redouane to start out attending each day.
It was not till the months earlier than they break up up in January 2017 that she seen him turning into extra excessive – saying he didn’t like her watching western music channels or sure programmes as a result of “if there have been homosexual folks on there it might flip their baby homosexual”.
He additionally didn’t like the garments folks wore on music channels.
Their relationship worsened in the direction of late 2016 and he grew to become violent on one event throughout an argument in regards to the temperature of the newborn’s milk.
Their break up got here as he distanced himself from her and stopped supporting her emotionally and financially, she stated.
After that Redouane would attempt to present her clips on YouTube of assaults within the Center East, specifically when there was a UK terror assault. He would discuss harmless folks dying within the Center East.
Within the run-up to the assault, stated Ms O’Leary, Redouane “did not have interaction in that dialog” when she tried to make plans for the long run.
On the day of the assault Redouane waited outdoors her flat with their baby who was moist, saying he didn’t have time to vary her.
Earlier than leaving, he provided her £50.
The subsequent morning she was woken by police and spent the subsequent few days being questioned.
Redouane killed eight folks and injured 48 others in a van and knife rampage together with fellow attackers Youssef Zaghba, 22, and Khuram Butt, 27.
All three had been shot and killed by police.
Gareth Patterson QC, representing six of the victims’ households, steered police failures to research the Ummah Health Centre in Ilford utilized by the attackers and a major college the place two of them labored had been “a really actual missed alternative” to cease the assault.
Nonetheless, additionally giving proof on the inquest was a counter-terrorism police officer identified through the proceedings as “M”.
M stated: “There may be nothing I might look again on and say ‘This was a missed alternative round a big disruption’, nor was there something that we had in our possession on the time that indicated any assault was being deliberate.”
The inquest additionally heard that extremist materials discovered on Butt’s telephone and laptop computer when he was arrested for fraud in 2016 confirmed he had an “obsession” with IS and a willingness to die.
The content material included pictures of IS executions and suicide bombers, a terrorist propaganda journal, a picture of a person with a spade pushed into his face and searches for the phrase “martyrdom”.
Xavier Thomas, 45, Christine Archibald, 30, Sara Zelenak, 21, Sebastien Belanger, 36, James McMullan, 32, Kirsty Boden, 28, Alexandre Pigeard, 26, and Ignacio Echeverria, 39, died within the assault, which lasted lower than 10 minutes.