Escape from Wandsworth: Terror Suspect’s Daring Bed-Sheet Breakout
11 September 2023
During a court hearing, it was revealed that Daniel Khalife, a suspected terrorist, may have utilised bed-sheets in his escape from Wandsworth prison. The 21-year-old former soldier appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court earlier today after being on the run for four days. He was apprehended in Northolt, London, on Saturday and is facing charges of escaping lawful custody.
Deputy Chief Magistrate Tan Ikram ordered Mr. Khalife to remain in custody until his appearance at the Old Bailey on September 29th. It is alleged that Mr. Khalife escaped from HMP Wandsworth on September 6th by attaching himself beneath a food delivery truck using a material created from bed sheets with clips at each end.
During the brief eight-minute hearing, Mr. Khalife, dressed in a police-issued tracksuit, only confirmed his name and date of birth. He listed his address as “no fixed abode.” He was transported to court in an armored police van, accompanied by two unmarked cars. In the courtroom, he was flanked by two police officers and a dock officer.
His barrister, Gul Nawaz Hussain KC, stated that there was no indication of a plea at this stage. Mr. Khalife was originally in Wandsworth prison awaiting trial on charges related to allegedly obtaining information useful to the enemy, eliciting information about members of the armed forces in violation of the Terrorism Act 2000, and perpetrating a bomb hoax. The trial for these charges had been scheduled to commence on November 13th.