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Man found guilty of murdering ‘friend to Bermuda’, Sir David Amess

Sir David Amess (Photograph supplied).

A man has been found guilty of the murder of the British MP who chaired Westminster’s political group focusing on Bermuda.

Conservative MP Sir David Amess was killed last October as he held an open-house surgery for people in his constituency in Essex, England.

The Old Bailey court in London found that Ali Harbi Ali, 26, stabbed Sir David to death on October 15, 2021.

David Burt, the Premier, has described Sir David as a valued friend to Bermuda.

The Tory MP chaired the Britain-Bermuda All-Party Parliamentary Group from its creation in 2015 to the time of his death.

Following Sir David’s murder, the Premier laid a wreath in his memory during a visit to London in the autumn.

Mr Burt said Sir David had helped make Bermuda’s voice heard in the UK and further afield.

He stated during the UK visit: “Sir David was a great friend to Bermuda – dedicated and hard working – someone who did his best to raise our cause in the wider world.

“We are devastated by his death and saddened beyond measure for his family, which is why I wanted to lay a wreath in Parliament on behalf of the people of Bermuda.”

Ali was radicalised in 2014 at the same time he was going through Prevent, the official UK anti-radicalisation scheme, The Guardian newspaper reported.

The murder of the MP, while he was carrying out his constituency duties, shocked Britain, and made headlines across the globe.

Ali stayed at the scene following the attack after posing as a constituent to gain an appointment.

The murderer said he was a supporter of the so-called Islamic State terrorist group.

Sir David was stabbed 21 times and died in the church, where he was meeting constituents, before paramedics could transfer him to a hospital.

The jury at the Old Bailey convicted Ali of the murder of Sir David, and planning other attacks against MPs, after less than 20 minutes of deliberation, The Guardian reported.