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Knife attacker given life sentence for trying to behead man on Tube

by nina massey

A schizophrenic who tried to behead a Tube passenger with a knife during an Islamic State-inspired rampage has been sent to Broadmoor high-security hospital to begin a life sentence alongside killers including the Yorkshire Ripper.

Somali-born Muhiddin Mire (30) targeted strangers at random in the ticket hall at Leytonstone Underground station in east London on December 5 last year.

He grabbed Lyle Zimmerman and attempted to murder the 56-year-old after they travelled on the same train from Stratford to Leytonstone, where Mire lived alone on Sansom Road.

He will serve a minimum of eight-and-a-half years before being considered for parole.

Mire could spend the entirety of his sentence at the psychiatric hospital, which has housed some of the country's most notorious criminals.

His rampage was captured by CCTV and a passenger who filmed the incident on mobile phone, keeping the camera on Mire even as he lunged at him with a rusty blade.

One onlooker shouted at Mire, "You ain't no Muslim, bruv", after he declared he was going to "spill blood" for his "Syrian brothers".

Sentencing the defendant at the Old Bailey, Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC said that while he accepted Mire was suffering from schizophrenia at the time, he was also of the opinion he had been motivated by events in Syria.

Mire was found guilty of attempted murder, and admitted four counts of attempted wounding and an alternative count of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

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