David Amess murder: Ali Harbi Ali pleads not guilty to killing Conservative MP 5 months ago

David Amess murder: Ali Harbi Ali pleads not guilty to killing Conservative MP

Sir David Amess was killed while he was at a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea in October

The man accused of murdering Conservative MP Sir David Amess has pleaded not guilty and is now due to stand trial next year.

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Ali Harbi Ali also denied a charge of preparing acts of terrorism between 1 May 2019 and September this year, after appearing in court on Tuesday.

A provisional trial date has been set for 7 March 2022.

Ali is accused of stabbing Sir David to death while he was at a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea on October 15.

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Sir David, the MP for Southend West since 1983, was holding a surgery at the Belfairs Methodist Church when he was attacked shortly after midday.

He died at the scene.

The 69-year-old was married and had four daughters and a son.

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