Jihadist gets 34 years for torture, threats

A JUDGE described Bourhan Hraichie as “sad, but dangerous criminal” as he sentenced him to 34 years in jail.

Describing the now 22-year-old as having “fixed views which place at risk persons who may be around him”, supreme Court Justice Peter Johnson said protection of the community was “a central factor” in his sentencing.
Serving periods in juvenile detention since the age of 13, Mr Hraichie was 18 when he first made plans to shoot police officers at Bankstown.
However after being jailed for breaching parole in 2016, he targeted his cellmate Michael O’Keefe in a brutal attack.
Learning his 40-year-old cellmate was a former soldier, Mr Hraichie tied him up, punched, choked and attempted to stab and waterboard him, before carving “E 4 E” meaning an “eye for an eye” into his forehead.
He later told Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) police, he’d intended to kill Mr O’Keefe before killing a prison officer as part of a planned attack in support of Islamic State.
Also admitting to trying to get an associate to carry out the attacks on Bankstown police, he threatened NSW Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin in a letter, declaring he wanted to “turn your jails in slaughterhouses”.
Pleading guilty to charges including doing an act in preparation for a terrorist act, causing grievous bodily harm/wounding to a person with intent to murder and sending a document threatening death or grievous bodily harm, he will be 50 before being eligible for parole in 2047.