London: Asylum Seeker Asks People if They’re English Before Stabbing Them
Violence in London takes horrific turn after racially motivated attack
An asylum seeker in London reportedly walked around a supermarket asking people if they were English before stabbing them, a court has heard.
32-year-old Samiulahaq Akbari, from Afghanistan, allegedly had a desire to kill English people as he walked the aisles of Tesco Extra in Thornton Heath, South London.
The shocking footage shows Akbari walking behind Nicholas Speight on January 8 and tapping him on the shoulder.
He asked what nationality was, when the man replied he attacked him with a 10-inch knife, the Old Bailey was told yesterday according to reports.
According to prosecutor Heidi Stonecliffe, Mr. Speight would not have known that ‘events would unfold with such frightening speed.'
"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."
But Mr. Speight fought back the attacker and was only ‘by luck’ he escaped without a mark on him.
Just ten minutes later Akbari allegedly pulled a knife on two other men, one was in the Kebabish restaurant close by, and then another at the Plough on the Pond pub in London Road, Croydon.
Akbari approached John Hoy as he sat at a table eating food with three friends after a pool tournament.
Akbari ‘aggressively and repeatedly’ asked Mr. Hoy where he was from before disappearing behind the counter and arming himself with a huge red-handled knife and attacking him.
When the men fought back, Akbari fled the scene, according to Ms. Stonecliffe said.
Akbari then returned to the pub where he confronted Barry Watkins.
Akbari demanded to know their nationality.
Ms. Stonecliffe said:
"He and his friends replied that they were English, at which point the defendant started lunging at them with the knife."
They then wedged table between them and the knifeman, at that point Akbari to fled again.
But Akbari denies attempted murder with intent.
Ms. Stonecliffe told jurors Akbari is expected to say he was ‘too drunk’ to form an intention to kill.
But she said stated his actions were ‘deliberate and considered.’
"He knew exactly what he was doing, and he took care not to be caught."
Akbari’s cousin frantically dialed 999 telling the operator:
"He said he wants to kill the English people. I can see his eyes; he’s serious. ‘He will do it. He’s trying to run, and he will kill someone. Please come quickly."
When police officers arrived, Akbari jumped a series of fences to try and escape them.
Police eventually found him in a back garden ‘pretending to be out of it.’
The trail continues.