Muslim arrested before he could behead a policeman on Anzac Day ‘needs longer than 10 years in jail because there is no evidence he has rejected his radical beliefs’

A Melbourne man convicted over an Anzac Day terror plot where he planned to behead a police officer should be given a longer sentence because there is no evidence he had rejected his radical beliefs, prosecutors say.

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions Sarah McNaughton SC said too much emphasis was given to Sevdet Ramadan Besim’s youth, immaturity, previous good character and rehabilitation prospects when he was sentenced to 10 years with a minimum seven and a half years in 2016.

The discount given for his guilty plea was also too high, Ms McNaughton argued in the Victorian Court of Appeal on Friday.