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Manchester Victoria knifeman to serve life term in high-security psychiatric hospital | UK News



A man who launched a frenzied knife attack on police and commuters at Manchester Victoria train station has been given a life sentence and will be detained in a high-security psychiatric hospital.

Mahdi Mohamud admitted to three counts of attempted murder following the attack on New Years Eve 2018 and will serve a minimum term of 11 years.

Mohamud shouted “Allahu Akbar” and “long live the caliphate” as he stabbed and slashed at a couple in their 50s who were walking to a tram platform.

James Knox suffered 13 injuries, including a fractured skull, after being knifed in the back, shoulders and head with a fillet knife.

Mohamud then turned on Mr Knox’s partner Anna Charlton, who suffered a slash to her forehead that cut down to the bone, and had her right lung punctured.

PC Ashleigh Williams and her colleague PC Marsha Selby, along with two tram staff, confronted Mohamud, who “like an animal” was “fixated” on stabbing and slashing, witnesses said.

The 26-year-old was pepper sprayed before PC Tom Wright arrived with Sergeant Lee Valentine seconds later, who shot Mohamud with a Taser.

However, the taser got stuck in Mohamud’s thick jacket, and before the sergeant could reload, Mohamud ran along the blood-spattered platform charging at the officers with his knife.

Sgt Valentine was stabbed in the shoulder before Mohamud was wrestled to the ground and arrested.

A second kitchen knife was found in his waistband.

It is understood Mohamud – an unemployed former university engineering student – had become radicalised online.

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