THE FOURTH member of Jihadi John’s depraved crew of British terrorists has been revealed as a Sudanese refugee who came to the UK when he was five years old.
El Shafee Elsheikh worked as a softly spoken fairground mechanic before becoming a member of the notorious British ‘Beatles’ of the Islamic State – who together claimed the lives of 27 high profile victims including British, American and Japanese hostages.
The group were known for their London accents and brutal methods of torture – including waterboarding, electrocution and mock executions.
The 27-year-old Londoner grew up in White City, just a few miles from the infamous Mohammad Emwazi – also known as ‘Jihadi John – who was killed in a drone strike.
Elsheikh, who went from “perfect son” to radicalised jihadi in just 17 days, also lived a few minutes from Alexanda Kotey who was exposed as a member of the same cell in February.
He travelled to join the barbaric so-called caliphate in 2012 to fight for the regime and was later joined by his younger Brother Mahmoud who has since been killed in Iraq.
His mother Maha Elgizouli reportedly sobbed when she was told her son was the fourth member.
She said: “No, no, not Shafee.”
“That boy now is not my son. That is not the son I raised.”
Miss Elgizouli went on to describe her son’s terrifyingly rapid radicalisation – which took just 17 days.
Elsheik, who came to Britain when his Communist-supporting parents fled Sudan, spent his youth tinkering with engines before later studying to become a trained mechanic at Acton College.
But he took a dark turn when his eldest brother was sentenced to 10 years behind bars for possessing a firearm after killing a gang member involved in a dispute with the family.
It was then that Elsheik became friends with the Eritraen son of a vocal Islamist.
Miss Elgizouli, who overheard the young man advocating jihad to her son, said: “I came straight to him and said: ‘Never in your life come into this home and talk about jihad.’
“Me, I teach my kids about religion, not you. Don’t give them any information about anything”
But Elsheik began his road to radicalisation a few days later when his friend introduced him to speeches by hate preacher Hani al-Sibai – who described the 7/7 bombings as a “great victory”.
His mother said: “I found him with him there in the back garden listening to a CD and I could tell something was happening, because when I go to him, he pulls out the headphones and hides.”
She insisted it took just seventeen days for her “perfect” son to go from hearing the CD’s to wearing long robes, growing his beard and preaching about holy war.
Miss Elgizouli claims that she later begged British officials to cancel 17-year-old’s Mahmoud’s passport over fears he may join his brother in the twisted terror cell’s holy war, but they declined.
She added: “My kids were perfect. What suddenly happened?”
The Foreign Office and the FBI have declined to comment, while the Home Office has not responded to questions on the matter.