Place of Birth: Australia;
Tukiterangi Lawrence is an inmate at Goulburn jail has been charged with terrorism offences for allegedly plotting to attack police, military and Corrective Services officers.
Lawrence is in prison for unrelated offences when he came under suspicion, was charged by counter-terrorism police over letters found in his cell that allegedly outlined plans to carry out attacks.
Investigators linked Lawrence to Islamic State sympathisers two years ago, including Isaak El Matari, who wanted to create a Blue Mountains stronghold to launch guerilla attacks across Sydney, and Radwan Dakkak.
A subsequent search of his Goulburn Supermax cell in October 2019, when he was in custody for domestic violence charges, allegedly uncovered the evidence of plans to attack law enforcement and military personnel.
With his possible exit from prison looming, police charged Lawrence with two counts of acts done in preparation for terrorist attacks.
Supreme Court proceedings on Lawrence’s interim continuing detention order in 2019 considered a psychological risk assessment report provided by Corrective Services NSW that found Lawrence, who has a lengthy criminal record, to be a high risk of committing a violent offence and engaging in extremist violence.
He adhered to an extremist ideology that justified violence, warning he may have a “nothing to lose” mentality reflecting his contempt for Western democracy and non-Islamic governance.
In a YouTube video posted in 2016, Lawrence sang about his disdain for the authorities and their treatment of him.
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