Khalid Masood was a 'party animal' and not a proper Muslim, it was claimed yesterday
The jihadist, who murdered four people during a day of carnage in Westminster last week, would binge on a cocktail of drugs including crack cocaine and ecstasy which he got through “like a steam train”.
Alcohol and drug benders turned him violent, a former landlady recalled.
After one four-day session, a junkie friend accused Masood – then known by his original name of Adrian Elms – of being an undercover police officer.
“Adrian went absolutely wild and ran to the kitchen to grab the biggest knife he could find,” said Cassie Harvard who rented him accommodation.
“He went back in the room and slashed the guy’s face to pieces. It was horrific.
“He wasn’t a proper Muslim. He had sex with prostitutes, smoked copious amounts of crack and stuck knives in people’s faces. He was a madman.”
Her recollections will fuel suspicions that the 52-year-old killer may have been high on drugs when he brought terror to Westminster.
Toxicology tests will reveal any trace of narcotics in his system and indicate recent heavy use.
He wasn’t a proper Muslim. He had sex with prostitutes
Former land lady
Masood was regularly high on drugs and alcohol when he was living in Eastbourne, East Sussex, in the early 2000s, former friends recalled.
One commented: “He would take anything, from coke and ecstasy to acid and crack, which he would get through like a steam train. When high his mood dominated everything in a nasty way. You would be put in your place with a terrifying glare.
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“He would start a fight or slam tables demanding to know where his cigarettes were, just to make sure he was centre stage.
His former land lady recalled his violent drug and alcohol benders
“As soon as the picture of the terrorist outside Parliament was published, we suspected it was him. It was the last act of a man who spent most of his life terrorising others.”
One ex-friend claimed Masood funded his lifestyle by stealing boats, sailing them to France and selling fishing licences. “He did that for years in Eastbourne and must have made £100,000,” he said.
The cash was spent on drugs, booze and sex, according to associates.
“He went to clubs and raves but mainly house parties, he was a party animal,” said another.
“While on ecstasy he would go on for hours. But while winding down he would get a cannabis joint and listen to Bob Marley.”
It is understood Masood was radicalised in prison after he was jailed for slashing a pub landlord’s face.
He then moved to Birmingham in 2012. A former housemate claimed Masood spent hours on the internet.
The man recalled: “He never got off his computer and never let anyone look at it. He was addicted to it.
“He had a small room downstairs. There were often Arab guys coming in and out. I confronted him after I got suspicious. But he claimed they were paying him £8,000 a time to write their university theses. At the time, I believed him but looking back maybe he was plotting something.”
Masood murder four people in a terrorist attack at Parliament
Masood also tried to convert him. He said: “He often talked to me about Islam and said I should take that path.”
At the time, the killer’s breakfast routine was “eggs on toast, prayers and press-ups”.
The ex-housemate recalled: “He was a fitness fanatic, always working out in front of me. He would do hundreds of press-ups a day. He had a powerful physique and was proud of how he looked.”
Masood once vandalised the cars of a netball team after his partner was left out of the side, it was claimed.
He was then living in Northiam, East Sussex. He was so enraged he drove at a woman connected to the team.
A 12th person linked to Masood was arrested yesterday in Birmingham.
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A man, 30, was held on suspicion of the preparation of acts of terrorism.
It has also emerged that while his eldest daughter followed him into converting to Islam, the youngest girl, Teegan Harvey, 18, defied his wishes and kept her Western lifestyle and was seen wearing a daring black top and a tight-fitting skirt.
Meanwhile, the mother of murdered soldier Lee Rigby told how she collapsed in tears when she heard about the slaughter at Westminster.
The 25-year-old Fusilier was mowed down by a car in Woolwich, south London, in 2013 before being knifed to death by two fanatics.
Lyn Rigby, 50, said: “My heart is breaking all over again for the families of the new victims. It’s impossible to understand the utter despair unless you have been through it.”
Visitor numbers have plummeted at some of London’s popular tourist attractions since last year because of terror attack fears.
The British Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum welcomed more than a million fewer people in total in 2016 compared with the previous year.