A MUSLIM convert who knifed a prayer chief at a London mosque has begged for a jail sentence – so he can study the Qu’ran from begin to end.
Daniel Horton, 30, stabbed Raafat Maglad, 70, because the victim held prayers at the London Central Mosque in Regent’s Park.
Daniel Horton was detained on the London Central Mosque after knifing Raafat Maglad, 70, throughout prayers Credit score: Consult with Caption
The defendant – a Muslim convert – has now requested to be jailed, quite than handed a hospital order, so he can study the Qu’ran ‘from begin to end’
Mr Maglad suffers with long-term accidents after the assault, and says he now fears standing in entrance of worshippers Credit score: Andrew Styczynski – The Solar
However now Horton, who has admitted the assault, has requested to be despatched to jail quite than a psychiatric hospital so he can learn the Islamic holy ebook.
The defendant’s sentencing listening to – as a consequence of happen immediately – has now been adjourned so a decide can contemplate the request.
Mr Maglad was left struggling to feed himself and is scared to face in entrance of his congregation after the stunning assault, the court docket heard.
Footage taken moments earlier than the stabbing exhibits a person in a crimson hoodie kneeling on the ground and “praying surprisingly” on the entrance of the attractive prayer corridor.
Police discovered a bloodstained prayer mat on the mosque – together with the knife utilized by Horton through the stabbing on February 20 this yr.
The defendant, who’s of no mounted abode, was as a consequence of seem at Southwark Crown Courtroom immediately to study his destiny.
However the ruling was delayed for additional psychological studies after Horton requested his lawyer to be despatched to jail, quite than be made the topic of a hospital order.
Barrister Sam Blom-Cooper, mitigating, stated: “Mr Horton has been clear within the restricted interactions I’ve had with him that he needs to be sentenced, that he needs to be punished for the hurt that he has accomplished.
“Mr Horton needs a jail sentence. He doesn’t need a hospital order.
“He needs to study the Qu’ran off by coronary heart.
Cops had been known as to a stabbing on the big mosque in February this yr Credit score: Kevin Dunnett – The Solar
There, the officers detained Horton, 30
In addition they recovered the blade he’d used to knife the sufferer
Mr Maglad stated Horton was an everyday on the mosque earlier than the assaultCredit score: Andrew Styczynski – The Solar
“He needs to study the Qu’ran from begin to end.”
Benn Maguire, prosecuting, advised the court docket of the impression the assault has had on worshippers.
He stated: “This could have been a non secular haven of worship.
“Mr Horton’s assault on an harmless man shattered the sanctity of this place.”
After Horton launched his assault, one other customer to the mosque grabbed him and held him again.
The attacker was detained by these on the mosque earlier than police arrived.
The court docket heard Horton has a string of earlier convictions over a number of years, together with for home abuse, possession of a firearm and assaulting a police officer.
Psychological studies present he has a historical past of great psychiatric sicknesses together with paranoid schizophrenia. Medics have prompt a hospital order sentence.
Horton, who admits wounding with intent and possessing an offensive weapon, will subsequent seem in court docket on December 10.
Talking after the stabbing, Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated he was “deeply saddened” by the assault.
Talking after the stunning incident, Mr Magland stated he was on pleasant phrases along with his attacker.
He stated: “He’s an everyday, he would come to the masjid however he was very quiet.
“By no means did he present this aggression. I don’t know why he picked on me. This was simply my destiny.
“I felt very sorry for him to be trustworthy.”