Murdered MP Sir David Amess' wife receives £240,000 from his estate

Murdered Conservative MP Sir David Amess left an estate worth more than £600,000, but had NO will, court documents show

  • Sir David Amess left an estate worth £616,000 but had not written a will 
  • After his affairs were settled the murdered MP’s wife Julia received £239,940 
  • Sir David, 69, was attacked by Ali Harbi Ali at a constituency surgery last year
  • Ali was given a life sentence, with a whole life term, for the killing 

Murdered MP Sir David Amess left an estate worth more than £616,000 but did not leave a will, it can be revealed.

After his outstanding affairs were settled, the figure was reduced to £239,940, which goes to his wife Julia under the rules of intestacy.

Conservative Sir David, 69, was attacked by Islamic terrorist Ali Harbi Ali, 26, at a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea on October 15 last year. He died at the scene from multiple stab wounds.

Ali was given a life sentence, with a whole life term, meaning he will live the rest of his life in jail.  

He had planned the attack after deciding against targeting Michael Gove, Mike Freer and Sir Keir Starmer.

Sir David Amess, pictured with his wife Julia Arnold and his four daughters. After his outstanding affairs were settled, the figure for his £616,000 estate was reduced to £239,940, which goes to his wife Julia under the rules of intestacy

A letter of administration, seen by MailOnline, from the High Court’s Principal Registry of the Family Division reveals that Sir David’s estate was granted to Julia Amess. The letter, dated March 25, reads: ‘The application has stated that the gross value of the estate in the United Kingdom amounts to £616,211.00 and the net value amounts to £239,940.00’

A letter of administration, seen by MailOnline, from the High Court’s Principal Registry of the Family Division reveals that Sir David’s estate was granted to Julia Amess.

The letter, dated March 25, reads: ‘The application has stated that the gross value of the estate in the United Kingdom amounts to £616,211.00 and the net value amounts to £239,940.00.’

Sir David, 69, was attacked by Islamic terrorist Ali Harbi Ali, 26, at a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea on October 15 last year

Ali had researched more than 250 other MPs as potential targets before settling on Sir David, and at his Old Bailey trial Mr Justice Sweeney said the murder struck at the heart of our democracy and called him a ‘cold, calculated and dangerous individual’.

Father-of-five Sir David became MP for Basildon in 1983, and was knighted for services to political and public service in 2015.

He had long called for Southend-on-Sea to be given city status and soon after his death the town was awarded this.

At Ali’s trial, Judge Mr Justice Sweeney said Sir David’s death was a loss of national significance. 

‘He had done nothing whatsoever to justify the attack upon him, let alone his murder,’ he said. 

‘On the contrary, he had devoted 38 years of his life to the lawful service of the public, and was engaged in doing so when he was murdered.’

The revelation comes after Priti Patel vowed to overhaul Britain’s flagship deradicalisation programme following a series of high- profile failures.

The Prevent counter-terrorism scheme has faced intense criticism for failing to identify a succession of extremists who went on to commit horrific murders.

In a recent case, it emerged this month that Ali Harbi Ali, the murderer of Sir David Amess, was dismissed as a terrorist threat by experts just months before he bought a knife to hunt down MPs.

Miss Patel pledged that ‘things need to change’ once she has been handed the findings of a long-awaited independent review of Prevent.

‘The Prevent review is really important to me,’ the Home Secretary said.

‘I can’t pre-judge that review. But it is quite clear to me from my own observations that there are things that need to change.’

The review, commissioned by Miss Patel in January last year, is being conducted by William Shawcross, the former Charity Commission chief. 

Prevent was set up in 2006, and was designed to combat Islamist extremism as well as other threats, including far-Right fanatics and those with ‘mixed or unstable’ ideologies. 

Confidential referrals can be made to Prevent by anyone who is concerned about a person’s behaviour, including faith groups, schools, colleges, and even friends and relatives. 

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