LONDON: A 25-year-old Libyan refugee appeared in a UK court docket on Monday (Jun 29) charged with three counts of homicide, after a knife assault in an English park that police known as a “terrorist assault”.
Khairi Saadallah was additionally charged with three counts of tried homicide in reference to the Jun 20 stabbings within the historic metropolis of Studying.
Three buddies – historical past instructor James Furlong, 36, US expat Joe Ritchie-Bennett, 39, and David Wails, a 39-year-old scientist – died, every struggling a single steady wound.
Three others had been taken to hospital for remedy to stab accidents and later launched.
Saadallah was charged on Saturday and adopted Monday’s court docket proceedings through videolink.
The defendant, sporting a gray tracksuit and blue facemask, spoke solely to substantiate his identify, date of beginning and that he lived in Studying.
No plea was entered and he was remanded in custody till an extra listening to on Wednesday.
Saadallah was initially arrested on suspicion of homicide however then re-arrested below counter-terrorism laws.
The case got here after two earlier high-profile knife assaults close to London Bridge, central London, in November final 12 months, and one other in Streatham, within the south of the capital, in February.
Two individuals had been killed within the first and three individuals injured within the second. Armed police shot useless the perpetrators in each assaults.