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Curtis Cheng shooting: Raban Alou refuse to stand in court

A Sydney man charged in relation to the ISIS-inspired shooting murder of police accountant Curtis Cheng has refused to stand in court.

Raban Alou, 20, is facing a sentence hearing after pleading guilty to aiding a terrorist act by Farhad Jabar, who fatally shot Mr Cheng outside NSW Police Headquarters in Parramatta in 2015. 

Alou was unmoved on Monday when told by Justice Peter Johnson there could be repercussions for refusing to stand during his indictment for religious reasons.

Raban Alou, 20, who is charged in relation to the ISIS-inspired shooting murder of police accountant Curtis Cheng, refused to stand in court on Monday

Farhad Jabar (right) fatally shot Mr Cheng outside NSW Police Headquarters in Parramatta in 2015

The judge said Alou’s refusal to stand in court was inconsistent with the position of the Australian National Imams Council, and he could see no religious basis for it.

Alou allegedly gave the gun to Jabar at the Parramatta Mosque, from where he walked to Police Headquarters and shot Mr Cheng dead as he left work.    

Jabar was killed by security officers at the scene, before police found a suicide note which read ‘by the will of Allah I have come today to put terror into your hearts’.

Crown prosecutor Paul McGuire SC told the NSW Supreme Court that Alou was lacking remorse, had extremist views and poor prospects of rehabilitation.

Alou (pictured during his arrest) was unmoved on Monday when told by Justice Peter Johnson there could be repercussions for refusing to stand during his indictment for religious reasons

Alou (pictured during his arrest) was unmoved on Monday when told by Justice Peter Johnson there could be repercussions for refusing to stand during his indictment for religious reasons

Raban Alou was 18 years old when he was charged with terrorism offences following Mr Cheng's death

Raban Alou was 18 years old when he was charged with terrorism offences following Mr Cheng’s death

He said the 20-year-old threatened corrective services officers and firefighters when there was a blaze at the prison, and made a hand gesture associated with Islamic State.

‘I’ll get every single one of you on the outside, I’ll put a bullet in every single one of you,’ Alou said, according to the prosecutor. 

Alou was also recorded during a Christmas Eve phone call with family members saying he had no regrets and wasn’t going to apologise, Mr McGuire said. 

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