Thursday, October 28

Leytonstone underground station knifeman jailed for life



An Isis fanatic who attempted to behead a musician at an east London tube station has been jailed for life.

Muhiddin Mire, 30, attacked Lyle Zimmerman with a knife at Leytonstone Underground station and threatened other members of the public in December last year.

Video footage captured while Mire was restrained by police at the scene showed a witness shouting ‘you ain’t no Muslim, bruv’ at the attacker.

Somali-born Mire, of Samson Road, London, grabbed Mr Zimmerman, 56, after declaring he was going to ‘spill blood’ for his ‘Syrian brothers’.

He had images of Fusilier Lee Rigby and Jihadi John on his mobile phone, along with material linked to Isis.

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

He continued: ‘In other words, because Muslims were being bombed in Syria, he was going to attack civilians here.

‘That was designed to intimidate a section of the public, and it was to advance an extreme cause.

‘This was an attempt to to kill an innocent member of the public for ideological reasons by cutting his throat in plain sight for maximum impact.’

Mire was sentenced to life imprisonment.

He will serve a minimum of eight and a half years before being considered for parole, and will start his sentence at Broadmoor secure hospital.