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Brother of ‘Beatles’ terror victim felt ‘weight gain’ after sentencing

Court case of Alexanda Kotey

The murdered aid worker’s brother, David Haines, said he “felt a weight lift off my shoulders” after one of the men responsible for his brother’s murder was jailed for life.

Mike Haines said the verdict, which sentenced terrorist Alexanda Kotey to eight life sentences, was “the closing of a door” and that “that part of my life” was now over.

Kotey was part of the militant cell of Isis nicknamed the Beatles because of their English accents, responsible for the brutal murders of a number of Western captives, including Britons Alan Henning and David Haines.

He was convicted for his role in the killing of four hostages by the terror cell on Friday in US federal court in Virginia.

Mr Haines, an RAF veteran and former mental health nurse, was one of 13 people who read victim impact statements in court before sentencing.

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Kotey was part of a militant cell of Isis dubbed The Beatles because of their English accents (ITV/PA)

“The opportunity to stand before them and reject their hatred, the acts of hatred that took the lives of my brother and the other hostages…it was the closing of a door,” he said. told the PA news agency.

“I know that part of my life is over.

“I still had times when I felt hate, we all feel hate, but today I felt a weight lift off my shoulders.

“They have faced justice, they will now face punishment for their crimes and that is important.”

Mr Haines, who runs the education charity Global Acts Of Unity in honor of his brother, acknowledged that “every person is different” and may process their grief differently.

“There’s no one right way,” he said.

“All I know is that for me to draw that line in the sand and close that door, it releases their hold on me and my immediate family.

“I can free myself from their grip and focus on the work of the Global Acts of Unity.”

He continued: “I don’t want an ‘oh I’m sorry’ to make me or my family feel any better.

“Which I want from them at some point, because it will come, when they question and realize that their actions were not about Islam, it was about spreading hatred .

“When that happens, it’s victory.”

Mr Haines said the fundamental message of his charity, the rejection of hate, would always be the same.

When asked how he would like his brother to be remembered, he replied: “I want my brother to be remembered as the pain in the ass he was, the irritable, opinionated and argumentative that he was.

“He did good things, he did bad things, but what he did was go and help his fellow man, regardless of color, culture, faith or politics.

“That’s what made him a hero, and that’s what makes all of our humanitarians modern-day heroes.

“That’s what I want David to be remembered for, not how he was murdered.”

Under the terms of his plea bargain, Kotey could be brought to the UK to serve part of his sentence and could also face a new trial in the deaths of Messrs. Haines and Henning.