Melbourne teenager pleads guilty to Anzac Day terror charge
Melbourne teenager, Sevdet Besim, has pleaded guilty to planning an Islamic State-inspired terror plot targeting police on Anzac Day.
The 19-year-old from Hallam, in Melbourne's south-east, entered the last-minute plea on Thursday during legal argument before his trial, which was due to start in the Victorian Supreme Court next month.
Besim pleaded guilty to one count of doing an act in preparation or planning for a terrorist act, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Police had accused him of plotting an Anzac Day terror attack in Melbourne last year in which a police officer was to be beheaded.
Besim said he was "ready to fight these dogs on there (sic) doorstep" in online communications with a person overseas, according to court documents previously released to media.
"I'd love to take out some cops," Besim is alleged to have said.
"I was gonna meet with them then take some heads ahaha."
Police say the pair, on a later occasion, also talked generally about Australian wildlife, with a suggestion that a kangaroo could be packed with explosives, painted with "the IS symbol" and set loose on officers.
While police did not go into details of the symbol, the image mostly closely linked to IS is the Black Banner or Standard.
Documents before the court do not suggest the alleged kangaroo discussion was linked to Anzac Day, or any other target.
Besim has been in custody since April 18 last year when 200 heavily armed officers swooped on the city's southeast, arresting five teens and seizing knives and swords.
He will front a plea hearing on August 1.