An alleged neo-Nazi planned to kill a solicitor as part of a terrorist plot to “intimidate” immigrants, a court has heard.

Cavan Medlock is alleged to have arrived at Duncan Lewis law firm in Harrow armed with a combat knife and large Nazi flag in September 2020.

The 31-year-old from Harrow was also reportedly carrying handcuffs and a Confederate flag.

Kingston Crown Court heard yesterday (March 11) that he went on to threaten a receptionist with the knife before threatening to kill solicitor Toufique Hossain.

He also abused two other members of staff because of their racial or religious background, the court heard.

Medlock denies charges of making a threat to kill Mr Hossain and the preparation of terrorist acts.

The court heard that Medlock, wearing black gloves with reinforced knuckle pads, advanced on receptionist Ravindran Tharmalangam at the law firm while holding a knife and demanding to see Mr Hossain.

Prosecutor Timothy Cray KC said Mr Tharmalangam with “great bravery” grabbed hold of Medlock and managed to disarm him by kicking the knife away.

While other staff members helped restrain Medlock, Mr Hossain then came to the reception area and Medlock said to his face that he “had planned to kill him”, the court heard.

Opening the case, Mr Cray said: “He said this because his firm, Duncan Lewis, had helped immigrants come to the United Kingdom and according to the defendant such immigrants were not welcome ‘here’."

He added: “We say that the plan was plainly designed to intimidate anyone who is an immigrant to this country.”

The court heard that in police interviews which began on September 8, 2020, Medlock denied intending to kill Mr Hossain, instead saying he wanted to take him hostage by threatening him with the knife and putting him in handcuffs.

In the interviews, he said that he wanted to “inspire other nationalists” to “push back” against supporters of Black Lives Matter and “people who are tearing down our statues”, the court heard.

In relation to the Nazi flag, Medlock told police: “And the Nazi flag – it’s just a rallying call to other nationalists who are of that disposition.

“I would say I was a National Socialist, yeah, and I do believe Hitler should have won.”

A phone seized from Medlock shows that he had conducted research on the solicitor and read a newspaper article that named Mr Hossain as a lawyer who was assisting immigrants, the court heard.

The trial continues.

Reporting by PA.