.Teenager who shot Curtis Cheng gave Isis salute, court told
The teenager who shot dead the Sydney police employee Curtis Cheng gave the Islamic State salute to a security camera at a western Sydney mosque before he carried out the murder, a court has heard.
CCTV footage of 15-year-old Farhad Jabar’s movements in the lead-up to him shooting Cheng outside police headquarters in Parramatta was played at a committal hearing for three men accused of aiding the terrorist plot.
The crown prosecutor, Paul McGuire SC, said just before the teenager left the mosque for the police station, he could be seen to raise his index finger and look at the mosque security camera.
“The raising of the index finger has become known as the IS salute,” McGuire told Downing Centre local court on Monday.
The footage shows Farhad praying at the mosque before striding through the streets of Parramatta in Islamic robes and wearing a Nike backpack. After carrying out the murder he was shot by police in an exchange of gunfire.
On a note found on his body the boy had scrawled that his was “an act that will cause nightmares during the night-time and hell during the daytime” and a reference to this being “the world of Allah”.
McGuire said the note was almost identical to a torn-up note found in a bin in Farhad’s bedroom that appeared to have been written by his sister. The sister allegedly flew to Syria the day before Cheng’s murder.
McGuire said that after Farhad shot Cheng, the online Islamic State magazine Dabiq referred to the teenager as among the “brave knights” of jihad who had “struck the crusaders of Australia and killed one of their personnel”.
“The crown says that reference … establishes that the Islamic State was taking credit for the act of terror that was committed by [Farhad Jabar],” McGuire said.
Talal Alameddine, 24, Mustafa Dirani, 23, and Milad Atai, 21, are facing a committal hearing accused of aiding Farhad’s plot.