Britain’s youngest terrorist who planned to behead a soldier on an Anzac Day parade when he was just 14, will be freed from jail.
The ISIS supporter, from Blackburn in Lancashire, sent encrypted messages instructing an Australian jihadist to launch attacks during a 2015 parade.
He used social media and encrypted messages to incite Australian Sevdet Besim, 18, to behead police officers guarding an Anzac Day parade in Melbourne. The plot was foiled and Besim as jailed for ten years.
The convicted terrorist, who is now 20 and can only be identified as RXG, was jailed for life in October 2015 after admitting inciting terrorism overseas.
He is among a group of child offenders, like the killers of the toddler James Bulger, to be granted lifelong anonymity by the High Court.
Today the Parole Board said RXG was ‘suitable for release’.
In a document detailing the decision, the Parole Board said: ‘After considering the circumstances of his offending, the progress made while in detention, and the evidence presented at the hearings, the panel was satisfied that RXG was suitable for release.’
At the age of just 14, the teenager had taken on the role of ‘organiser and adviser’ and suggested beheading or using a car to kill officers during the annual April 25 commemoration of Australians and New Zealanders killed in conflict, which that year marked the centenary of the First World War battle in Gallipoli.
An assessment carried out in mid-2018 by forensic psychologist Dr Louise Bowers stated: ‘RXG appears to have left his ‘terrorist identity’ behind and he is well on the way to developing a new stable and pro-social identity.’
Despite turning 18 two years ago, he is currently in a young offenders institution, and he was diagnosed as autistic after his conviction.
RXG is likely to be heavily monitored and will face tough restrictions – such as being banned from using the internet – and if lawyers suspect others are aware of his links to terrorism, he could be given a new identity.