THE leader of the London Bridge terror attacks was like a “lion out of a cage” in the company of hate cleric Anjem Choudary, an inquest heard.
Khuram Butt, 27, became “energised” when he was with the head of the banned group ALM in the months before the outrage, a pal said.
And Butt’s brother-in-law called Scotland Yard’s Anti-Terrorist hotline following a heated row with the fanatic, saying he was “very concerned” about him.
The hearing also heard that the ringleader’s father-in-law had previously destroyed his passport to prevent him travelling to Syria.
Cops investigated Butt and arrested him in 2016 for fraud.
The Old Bailey heard the Pakistan-born terrorist had been an “earnest schoolboy” in East London who liked football and later was a cannabis-smoking “party animal”.
But he became an extremist who “brought shame” on his family by appearing on Channel 4 documentary The Jihadi Next Door.
Yet he managed to land a job with Transport for London conducting security searches on the Underground.
Butt was fired after he took extended sick leave claiming the standard-issue shoes hurt his feet.
The inquest heard he gave his wife a gold ring on the morning. of the atrocity, telling her it was a present for Eid.
On the previous day, Butt filmed himself in the family’s garden with his two kids and was unusually affectionate towards his wife.
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On June 3 2017 Butt killed eight people and injured 48 more in a van and knife attack on London Bridge and Borough Market along with Rachid Redouane, 30, and
Youssef Zaghba, 22. All three had taken anabolic steroids to “juice” themselves up.
Ten minutes later they were gunned down by police. Hearing continues.
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