Saturday, August 17, 2019
UK: Muslim migrant with “desire to kill English people” attacked random men with 10-inch kitchen knife
An Afghan asylum seeker who tried to murder a complete stranger while ‘fuelled’ by a desire to kill English people was jailed for 21 years. Samiulahaq Akbari, 22, was caught on CCTV walking into the Tesco Extra in Thornton Heath, south London, on January 8.
Akbari tapped a customer on the shoulder and asked for his nationality. He then took a swing at the victim, Mr Speight, with a 10-inch kitchen knife when he said he was from the UK.
Mr Speight managed to kick Akbari off when he leapt on him and miraculously escaped from the scuffle without a mark on him.
Just 10 minutes earlier Akbari had pulled a knife on 2 other men in separate establishments on the same road in Croydon and was said to be ‘fuelled with the same intention’.
Prosecutor Heidi Stonecliffe told jurors: ‘On that evening in January this year this defendant had set out deliberately to threaten, harm and kill members of the public by virtue of their nationality or what Mr Akbari perceived to be their nationality – they were English.’
Akbari was convicted of attempted murder over the rampage that took place just 12 days after he was released from prison for another assault.
Akbari had first accosted John Hoy as he sat at a table in the kebab restaurant with 3 friends getting ready to eat having just come from a pool tournament at the pub nearby.
Jurors heard he ‘aggressively and repeatedly’ asked Mr Hoy where he was from before going behind the counter, arming himself with the huge red-handled knife and lunging at him.
One of the men tried to calm Akbari by saying Mr Hoy was ‘one of us’ but it was only when the men fought back that Akbari fled, Ms Stonecliffe said.
Akbari then made his way up to the pub where he confronted Barry Watkins as he was on his way out clutching his pool cue. Jurors were shown CCTV footage of him marching Mr Watkins back inside to a group of men where he similarly demanded to know their nationality.
‘He and his friends replied that they were English, at that point the defendant started lunging at them with the knife,’ Ms Stonecliffe said
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