Daughter of Brit aid worker comes face to face with terrorist who plotted to kill him

The daughter of a British aid worker has come face to face with an alleged Islamic State terrorist accused of conspiring to murder her father.

David Haines, 44, from Perth, Scotland, was killed in Syria in 2014.

Bethany Haines, 24, has travelled to the US where El Shafee Elsheikh, from London, is due to go on trial next year.

Elsheikh, 33, is accused of being part of an IS execution squad dubbed the ‘Beatles’ because of its members’ British accents.

She was in court when he appeared in Virginia last week and told ITV News: “He just stared right into my eyes and I stared back.

“I’m not going to be intimidated by him. I’m not going to look away. You know, I’ve nothing to be ashamed of. He’s the one who’s got to be intimidated or embarrassed.”

She added: “Even hearing my dad’s name in court, I got emotional and had to step out for a moment.”

In September another member of the IS ‘Beatles’ cell, Alexanda Kotey, 37, also from London, appeared in the court and admitted conspiring to abduct and kill Western hostages.

The leader of the group, Mohammed Emwazi, 27, also known as Jihadi John, was killed in a drone strike in Syria in November 2015.

A fourth member, Aine Davis, 37, was jailed in Turkey in 2017 after being convicted of being a senior IS operative.