Attack: Roshonara Choudhary is accused of stabbing MP Stephen Timms after confronting him at his advice sugery
A Muslim woman tried to kill a Labour MP by stabbing him in the stomach 'in revenge' for him voting for the Iraq War, a court heard today.
Roshonara Choudhry, 21, is accused of knifing Stephen Timms twice in a shock attack during a constituency surgery meeting after she greeted the MP with a smile and offered him the hand of friendship.
A second later the fanatic allegedly lunged forward, repeatedly plunging a three inch kitchen knife into his stomach, sending the MP 'reeling and staggering' backwards, before staff jumped in to wrestle the blade from her grasp.
The Old Bailey heard how the young Muslim woman had plotted for weeks to kill her local MP, buying two knives in case one 'broke' when she enacted her 'punishment' for him voting in Parliament to invade Iraq in March 2003.
After the attack, she coolly told police: ''I just pushed it (the knife) in like how it is if you punch someone.
'I was trying to kill him because he wanted to invade Iraq.
'I was not going to stop (stabbing him) until someone made me.
'I wanted to kill him. I was hoping to get revenge for the people in Iraq.'
Mr Timms, 55, suffered potentially life-threatening injuries in the attack days after the general election in May this year.
The East Ham MP and former treasury minister needed surgery at the Royal London Hospital, after the incident on May 14 this year, but has now made a full recovery
The MP for East Ham underwent surgery at the Royal London Hospital after the knife punctured his liver and stomach, but he has now made a full recovery.
Choudhry was later charged with attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon.
But in an extraordinary case, she has refused to challenge the evidence, saying she does not recognise the jurisdiction of the court.
In what is thought to be the only case in living memory, the defendant has refused to appear in court for her trial and has instructed her lawyers not to offer any evidence in her defence or cross-examine any witnesses.
The attack on May 14 this year happened at a local constituency meeting in Beckton, East London.
Choudhry, who had earlier booked an appointment asking specifically to see the MP, arrived at the Beckton Globe community centre at 2pm armed with a three inch kitchen knife and a longer five inch blade she had stashed in her bag hidden in a scarf and towel.
Mr Timms told the jury that he initially thought she was going to shake his hand when the woman, wearing a full Muslim black dress and headscarf, approached him.
He said: 'She didn't go and sit down as she continued to come towards me where I was standing to greet her at that point.
'I thought she must have been coming to shake my hand. She made as if she was coming to do that. She looked friendly. She was smiling, if I remember rightly.
'I was a little puzzled because a Muslim woman dressed in that way wouldn't normally be willing to shake a man's hand, still less to take the initiative to do so, but that is what she was doing.
'She lunged at me with her right hand.'
Mr Timms pointed at his stomach to show the jury where the knife had gone in.
He added: 'I think I knew that I had been stabbed although I didn't feel anything and I can't recall actually seeing a knife but I think I said "She has a knife" or words to that effect.
'I attempted to push away the second lunge but was not successful.'
Stunned, the MP doubled over in agony, asking her: 'What are you doing?'
He told the court: 'I retreated into the gents' toilet and lifted up my jumper and realised there was quite a lot of blood there so I realised I had been stabbed.'
Choudhry was placed in a "bear hug" by a security guard before police arrived.
When she was interviewed by police, Choudhry is said to have remained chillingly calm, telling officers she had been planning to kill the MP for three or four weeks and had bought two knives at the end of April 'in case one broke'.
She told Detective Inspector Simon Dobinson: 'I made an appointment to see him and I went there and then when I was shaking his hand I stabbed him.'
Asked why, she said: 'Because he voted for the Iraq war.'
She continued 'I purposefully walked round the side of the desk so I could get close to him so I could, yeah, stab him.
'He pointed for me to sit down on the chair but instead I walked towards him with my left hand out as if I wanted to shake his hand.
'Then I pulled the knife out of my bag in my right hand and I hit him in the stomach with it.
'I put it in the top part of his stomach.
'I just pushed it in like how it is if you punch someone.
'I was trying to kill him because he wanted to invade Iraq.'
Asked why, she answered: "Punishment."
'I think I stabbed him again. I think I did it twice. I tried to attack him again and then everyone starting to scream,' she told detectives.
When asked what she was thinking or feeling, Choudhry replied: 'I was not feeling anything'.
When questioned why she stabbed him in the stomach, Choudhry said: 'I am not that strong I thought that the stomach would be soft enough to get the knife in.'
Today the jury were shown the bloodstained weapon and CCTV stills of the attack.
Jeremy Dein, QC said he would not be offering any evidence in defence of his client who is now in custody.
Prosecutor William Boyce, QC, told the jury: 'Mr Dein has already indicated to you he will not be addressing you on behalf of the defendant and he will not be inviting you to find the defendant not guilty.
'From this perspective it seems from the Crown's point of view, acting conscientiously, you could not come to any verdicts other than guilty on the three counts.'
The court heard that Choudhry from East Ham is not suffering from any mental illness.
At an earlier hearing, her lawyers entered a not guilty plea on her behalf after she refused to accept the authority of the court.
The trial continues.
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