An Islamic state fanatic who encouraged a terrorist cell in Germany to mass murder a car, a bomb and a cleaver was sentenced to life in prison for at least nine years.
Iranian-born Fatah Abdullah, 35, learned how to make a pressure cooker bomb to teach his continental conspirators Omar Babek and Ahmed Hussein.
He bought over 8,000 matches, explosive precursors, firecrackers, detonators and a remote controlled detonator, as old Bailey heard.
It is believed that he even tried some ingredients to make gunpowder from his apartment in the Arthur’s Hill area of Newcastle, the court heard.
In an encrypted message, he said to the conspirators in Germany: “You choose your target for the car after the explosions are triggered, target your car to a crowd or group of people you are driving through, and find it a clever meat that is used by butchers, as soon as you run them over with the car, get out of the car and attack them with it.
“If you couldn’t attack her with a car after the explosion, attack her with a knife, sword, or meat cleaver.
“The goal is to kill them and scare them and show them that (the so-called Islamic State) is here and Islam is here. The most important thing is that you carry out jihad.”
Abdullah, who was granted asylum in the UK, was arrested a month before Hussein and Babek were arrested last January.
To distance himself, Abdullah claimed that he had bought a pocket knife from Amazon to cut grass for his rabbits.
An eBay blender was supposed to make pizza dough, and a SAS-style balaclava was meant for when it was cold, he said.
Abdullah informed the police that 200 g of sulfur powder was intended for the cultivation of flowers and denied knowledge of its use in the manufacture of gunpowder.
Hussein and Babek pleaded guilty to preparing a serious act of violent subversion involving the illegal use of explosive substances and were sentenced to four years and eight months in prison in Germany.
In March, Abdullah pleaded guilty to inciting terrorism overseas and behaving in ways that assist others in committing terrorist acts.
On Friday, Judge Sweeney sentenced him to life imprisonment for a minimum of nine years.
The judge said Abdullah was a dangerous perpetrator and his “ultimate goal” was “to cause mass murder in Germany”.
He continued: “The fact that the final offenses should be committed by others abroad in no way reduces their severity.
“There can be no doubt that your actions have been a great help and encouragement.”