THE mum of Muslim convert nicknamed “The Eagle” fiercely defended her son’s terrorist plots, saying that he “has a heart”.
Lewis Ludlow, 27, was jailed yesterday for planning to kill 100 people in a “spectacular” terror attack on Oxford Street and Madame Tussauds.
Speaking from her home in Rochester, Kent, last night, Ludlow’s mother told The Sun: “My son is not capable. He has a heart. He has a soul.
“He would not hurt anyone. The judge has made his decision.
“My son is serving a prison sentence and so are we.
“If people can’t work anyone out I think it is wrong to go and do something to them.”
During his trial the ISIS disciple’s barrister Rebecca Trowler claimed that Ludlow’s autism and depression made him vulnerable to grooming but the judge, Nicholas Hilliard, QC, told him he was “nobody’s fool”.
Ludlow’s mother continued: “He has a heart and soul – he knows right and wrong.
“My son would not have done nothing.
AUTISM AND DEPRESSION
“If you want to go and talk to the police – they can make up loads of stories about him.
“We know him. He knows what he is like and his legal team know him. That is why they have done all that they can. People can surmise but life is too short.”
The former Royal Mail worker was filmed by cops breaking down as his footage he made was played to him.
YouTube clips included Ludlow calling himself “The Eagle” and the “Ghost” as he pledged allegiance to ISIS.
The footage shows him appearing upset before asking to take a break after the clip ends.
Ludlow researched potential targets around the capital and bought a phone under a false name and wrote down his attack plans, which were later found ripped up in a bin.
He identified Oxford Street as an “ideal” spot, writing: “It is expected nearly 100 could be killed in the attack.”
Last year, he pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to plotting an attack in the UK and funding IS abroad.
TARGETED ST PAUL’S
His attack plans also revealed plans to attack St Paul’s Cathedral and a “Shia temple in Romford”.
Ludlow, of Rochester, Kent, gave evidence that he was pressured into supporting Islamic State by an operative in the Philippines called Abu Yaqeen but had changed his mind just before his arrest.
He admitted preparation and funding of terrorist acts but a further charge of attempting to travel to Islamic State was ordered to lie on file at a previous hearing.
At his sentencing hearing at the Old Bailey today defence barrister Rebecca Trowler said he was vulnerable to pressure due to his autism and depression.
But this was rejected by the Recorder of London who said he did not accept Ludlow had a “change of heart”.
Your extremism ran very deep and for some time.”There could be no other explanation for anyone planning to kill innocent people in a van for ideological reasons
Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC
Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC said: “I do not accept that these matters explain your participation in these offences. Your participation in these offences is explained by your adherence to violent jihad.
“I accept you were bullied at school and found it difficult to establish relationships. You may for example have joined your local mosque and found comfort there.
“Instead you attached yourself to those who promoted violent extremism.
“I do not regard you as suggestible or easily taken advantage of. You were well able to resist the Prevent Programme and did so.
“You are nobody’s fool. You were no-one’s unwilling instrument or tool.
“There’s nothing about the videos you made which remotely suggest to me you were. You were certainly acting in concert with Abu Yaqeen.
“I have seen no sign you are anything other than an enthusiastic participant in a joint plan.”
The court heard Ludlow set up a Paypal and Facebook account called Antique Collections as a front to send money to a man with IS-links called Abu Yaqeen.
But he was stopped at Heathrow Airport in February last year as he tried to board a flight to the Philippines.
He attended a demonstration led by radical preacher Anjem Choudary in 2010 and was invited to engage with the Met Police Prevent programme.
Jailing him for life with a minimum of 15 years, the judge said: “Your extremism ran very deep and for some time.
“There could be no other explanation for anyone planning to kill innocent people in a van for ideological reasons.
“No other sentence other than life imprisonment will be appropriate.
“There is much work to be done and much of it is in your own hands.”
A handwritten letter was found in a bin which detailed potential targets in London[/caption]
Ludlow, pictured, was today caged for a minimum of 15 years[/caption]
A downloaded image from the internet found on Ludlow’s phone of the Borough Market ‘suicide’ vest[/caption]
A judge today told Ludlow: “Your extremism ran very deep and for some time”[/caption]
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