Jihadi John-inspired attacker guilty
A man "inspired" by Isis murderer 'Jihadi John' has been found guilty of attempting to murder an Asian dentist in a racially-motivated attack.
Zack Davies (26) shouted "White power" and "I did it for Lee Rigby" as he targeted his 24-year-old victim with a machete and a claw hammer at a Tesco supermarket in Mold, North Wales, on January 14.
Davies, from Mold, was said to have caused Dr Sarandev Bhambra "very severe" injuries to the left hand, his back and head which were described as life-changing.
The incident happened while the dentist was shopping during his lunch, Mold Crown Court heard. Witnesses reported seeing a white man chasing an Asian man with a knife and hammer. Davies was only stopped when a member of the public, former serviceman Peter Fuller, stepped in.
Davies was said to have been obsessed with Nazi ideology, with associated literature found in a search of his home. Posters relating to the 2013 murder of Fusilier Rigby by two Islamic extremists were also discovered.
Giving evidence, Davies said he was "fascinated" by Jihadi John, who he saw as an "inspiration" and even had a mask of him.
Davies had admitted wounding with intent but denied attempted murder. He will be sentenced at a later date.
Gareth Preston, senior crown prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wales, said: "Zackery Davies is a dangerous young man whose distorted and racist views led him to commit a terrifying act of violence."