November 29, 2019
He isn’t in prison yet, though – he’s been sent to a psychiatric hospital because of his paranoid schizophrenia.
That’s what made him do it, you see.
Not the fact that his entire religion is based on jihad.
A man who tried to kill three people, including a police officer, in a frenzied knife attack at a railway station has been detained for life.
Mahdi Mohamud, 26, stabbed a couple and then attacked Sgt Lee Valentine at Manchester Victoria on New Year’s Eve.
He was told he would serve a minimum of 11 years after admitting three counts of attempted murder and a terror offence at Manchester Crown Court.
Mohamud will initially held in a high security psychiatric hospital.
Sentencing, Mr Justice Stuart-Smith told Mohamud of Cheetham Hill, Manchester, he had “walked calmly and purposefully to Manchester Victoria station” where he spotted the couple.
“You followed them took out one of your knives and attacked them. You attacked them intending to kill them,” the judge said.
Mohamud stabbed the man repeatedly in the back, shoulders and head and slashed his partner across the face before attacking Sgt Valentine, who was trying to apprehend him.
Mr Justice Stuart-Smith acknowledged Mohamud suffered from paranoid schizophrenia which led him to believe the government was controlling his body using ultra-high frequency waves.
But he said although mental illness was a significant contribution to his interest in jihad, Mohamud retained substantial responsibility and culpability for the attacks.
Mohamud will be detained in Ashworth Secure Hospital and transferred to prison to serve the rest of sentence when he is deemed well enough.
Left: Lee Valentine. Right: The two other victims moments before getting a jolly good enriching.