LONDON: A 26-year-old man on Tuesday (Nov 26) pleaded guilty to attempted murder over a random stabbing attack at a British railway station last New Year's Eve, which injured three people.
Mahdi Mohamud walked up behind James Knox near Victoria Station in Manchester, northwest England, with a fillet knife, screaming "Allahu Akbar!" and "Long live the Caliphate!"
He then repeatedly stabbed him in the back, shoulders and head, Manchester Crown Court was told.
Mohamud, a Dutch national from a Somali family, then slashed Knox's companion Anna Charlton across the face as the couple, both in their 50s, headed for a tram platform at around 9pm on Dec 31.
Police tasered the suspect but the barbs, which deliver an electric shock from the weapon, got stuck in his thick coat and failed to bring him down.
Instead, Mohamud ran along the platform, slashing wildly at police, stabbing an officer in the shoulder.
Mohamud pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted murder.
Knox suffered a skull fracture while Charlton's right lung was punctured and she suffered a slashed forehead.
"LIKE AN ANIMAL"
Lee Valentine, the officer stabbed in the attack, told the court: "One of the things for me, obviously when I've landed on top of him being so close to his face to be literally like looking in his eyes and he's like – there's nothing there.
"It was just like an animal."