THE Islamic terrorist shot dead by police in London on Sunday was addicted to spice in prison and was banned from prayers for his radical ideas.
A prison source told The Sun Sudesh Amman, 20, became addicted to the zombie drug – a potentially lethal combination of aluminium cleaner and insect killer – after he was unable to get weed behind bars.
They said: “He was hooked on weed outside and then swapped to smoking spice in prison. It was everywhere in Belmarsh.
“He was proper hooked on the stuff and got himself into a bit of debt on the wing because of it.
“He even had a spice attack in his cell once, it was quite horrible to see.”
Spice was formerly a legal high but was banned in 2016. It was given the “zombie” label after users were seen twitching or in a catatonic state – it can knock people out for hours.
Amman spent time on remand in the notorious HMP Belmarsh before he was sent down for 13 terror offences in December 2018 at the Old Bailey.
He had pleaded guilty to possessing and distributing terrorist documents and was sentenced to just three years and four months. He was released just last month, before knifing two people in a bloody rampage on Sunday.
The source added: “He was a quirky guy, and quite violent – he’d lash out if he couldn’t get his drugs.
“The prison imams actually banned him from going to Friday prayers.
“You have to do something really bad for that to happen – they must have thought he was dangerous.
“He was so angry about it and called them hypocrites and traitors of Islam.
“He’d get high on spice and plot how he was going to get his revenge on them, he loved talking about knives.”
Belmarsh has a reputation as Britain’s toughest jail, and the high-security jail has been home to a number of high-profile extremist prisoners, including the likes of Lee Rigby killers Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.
The source added: “The place is full of drugs and a lot of really bad people.
“There are a lot of radical Muslims in there – but not many people are banned from prayers.”
Speaking yesterday his mother Haleema Khan, 41, said Sudesh was a “lovely boy” who had been radicalised while in Belmarsh.
She said she was “disgusted” by the attack, and had seen him just last Thursday at his bail hostel in Streatham, south London.
Last night the Ministry of Justice denied the claims and said there was “no evidence to suggest” Amman had taken spice while in Belmarsh.