Wednesday, 8 February 2017


Zakaria Bulhan did not react as he was sent to Broadmoor indefinitely for his deadly rampage in central London.


Zakaria Bulhan
Image Caption:Zakaria Bulhan 'skipped' away after the attack in August 2016
A teenager who killed an American tourist and injured five other people in a stabbing rampage in Russell Square has been given an indefinite hospital order.
Zakaria Bulhan, 19, plunged a large kitchen knife into the back of retired special needs teacher Darlene Horton, 64, on 3 August last year.
Five other people were injured during the rampage before he "skipped" away with a "crazed smile" on his face.
Bulhan was arrested six minutes after the alarm was raised when armed police swooped on the square in central London.

Darlene Horton
Image Caption:Darlene Horton, 64, had been due to fly back to the US the following day
After being Tasered, Bulhan, who lived in Tooting, was heard to mumble "Allah, Allah, Allah".
It later emerged that the teenager suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and was hearing voices.
Bulhan, a Norwegian national of Somali origin, denied murder at the Old Bailey but admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Sentencing, Mr Justice Spencer handed him a hospital order without a time limit.
He told Bulhan: "It is quite clear that when you committed these dreadful crimes you were not in your right mind. You were in the grip of mental illness, paranoid schizophrenia."
Mrs Horton, a mother of two, was visiting London with her husband and was due to return home to Tallahassee, Florida, the following day.

Police forensic officers at work in Russell Square
Image Caption:Police forensic officers at work in Russell Square following Zakaria Bulhan's rampage
Bulhan also admitted charges of wounding with intent on Martin Hoenisch, Lillie Selletin, David Imber, Bernard Hepplewhite and Yovel Lewronski.
The judge described the killing as "a tragic waste of life" and said the psychological effects would never leave the survivors.
As the rampage unfolded there were fears Russell Square had again been the target of terrorists following the 7/7 attacks of 2005.
Mr Justice Spencer said Bulhan's crimes "caused enormous public concern" because "it was feared initially that they might be the work of a terrorist fanatic".
"As it turned out they were not, although that is no consolation to your victims," he said.
Bulhan did not react as he was led from the dock to return to Broadmoor secure mental hospital.