One can make out on the media interview that the victim had an American accent. The Muslim picked and followed him over his accent. The court is now trying to imply that the Muslim attacker seeking Jinn exorcism was a sign of mental disease and that he was not sane while committing his beheading. No Muslim is sane. Only a maniac follows Islam. This kind of mumbo-jumbo Jinn treatments are no different in Muslim countries, than a normal person visiting their doctor in Britain.
Jihadi attacker with Lee Rigby images on his phone who tried to behead a musician during an ISIS-inspired rampage at Tube station is sentenced to life
- Muhiddin Mire hacked at the neck of tube passenger last December
- Attack became well-known after witness told him: ‘You ain’t Muslim bruv’
- Schizophrenic knifeman has now been jailed for life for attempted murder
- He will serve eight and a half years before being assessed for release
- Self-radicalised ‘lone wolf’ attacker has history of mental health issues
A schizophrenic knifeman has been jailed for life after going on an ISIS-inspired rampage at a Tube station.
Somali-born Muhiddin Mire, 30, targeted strangers at random in the ticket hall at Leytonstone Underground station in east London on December 5 last year.
The 30-year-old was today ordered to serve a minimum eight and a half years behind bars and he will only be released if he can convince a parole board he is no longer a danger to society.
He will start his sentence at Broadmoor secure hospital.
Mire grabbed fellow passenger Lyle Zimmerman and tried to behead the 56-year-old musician after they travelled on the same train from Stratford to Leytonstone, where Mire lived.
In the aftermath of the attack, an onlooker shouted at him: ‘You ain’t no Muslim, bruv’, after Mire declared he was going to ‘spill blood’ for his ‘Syrian brothers’.
He had images of Fusilier Lee Rigby and British ISIS executioner Jihadi John on his mobile phone, along with material linked to the terror group.
He has a history of mental illness and psychosis, including the paranoid belief that he was being persecuted for his religion and stalked by MI5 and MI6.
Sentencing him at the Old Bailey, Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC 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.’
CCTV images from Leytonstone tube station showed Mire’s shocking knife rampage
Judge Hilliard added that Mire’s ‘brazen’ actions were carried out in order to advance a ‘religious and extremist 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,’ he said.
Flanked by several dock officers and wearing a blue tracksuit top, Mire stared ahead as he was sentenced.
KNIFEMAN WAS TAKEN TO IMANS TO EXORCISE ‘JINNS’
Muhiddin Mire’s brother took him to a number of Muslim imams who read to him from the Koran in an attempt to exorcise Islamic spirits known as ‘jinns’, It can be disclosed today.
Around 2010, he started to believe he was possessed by Islamic spirits called ‘jinns’ and, in collaboration with his brother, went to see various imams for exorcism.
The exorcisms involved imams of various types reading to the patient various verses from the Koran.
Mire said he received relief from his symptoms but when he got the feeling he was getting possessed by jinns or spirits again, he again sought out the services of imams.
His family’s account is that he got ‘a little bit better, a little bit worse,’ typical of someone with chronic mental illness but that deteriorated steeply towards the end of 2014.
Mr Zimmerman said he was ‘fortunate’ to have received prompt first aid treatment at the scene from a passing junior doctor.
In a statement read during a pre-sentence hearing, he said he was ‘quite lucky’ to have survived.
‘I have been left with a scar on my neck which I am aware of only because it pulls when I use my voice but is otherwise superficial and healing well,’ he said.
‘I am somewhat more cautious about interacting with strangers since the attack – overall I have not been significantly traumatised by the attack psychologically,’ he added.
Mire had been able to live and independent life and to hold down a job as an Uber minicab driver until four months before the attacks in December last year.
He had mental health problems dating back ten years, when he was sectioned because he thought he was receiving instructions from Allah.
But he stopped taking his medication soon afterwards and believed the exorcism treatment was working.
Nevertheless, his family became increasingly desperate, twice taking him to the accident and emergency department at a local hospital and twice calling the police.
They eventually booked him on a flight back to Somalia to see his mother, but Muhiddin’s obsession with ISIS took over.
He went to see his GP but it took two weeks to refer him to a mental health unit and he launched his attack before he could be seen by a specialist.
Mire became radicalised by reading extremist material in the build-up to the attempted killing
Dr Shaun Bhattacherjee, a consultant psychiatrist treating Mire at Broadmoor Hospital, told the court Mire was ‘clearly mentally ill at the time of the events’ and poses a ‘very severe’ risk to the public.
Cannabis use made a ‘significant’ contribution to what was ‘probably’ a case of paranoid schizophrenia, according to consultant forensic psychiatrist Dr Philip Joseph.
He also suggested that although Mire’s state of psychosis might have had an influence on the decision to carry out the stabbing, the link was not definite.
The attack has echoes of the Woolwich killing and both Mire and Michael Adebowale, one of the Woolwich killers who also had severe mental health problems, are now inmates at Broadmoor secure psychiatric hospital.
The benefits-claiming Somali who made a list of ‘five things to remember in battle’ after watching ISIS videos on his phone
Mire came to Britain aged 12 and passed four GCSEs at grade B. After leaving school he worked as a steward and a security guard before becoming a cab driver but had spent large periods receiving state benefits.
He has a previous conviction for money laundering after receiving £2,500 in stolen funds into his bank account by BACS transfer in November 2004.
He was sentenced to 40 hours community service after pleading guilty to dishonestly retaining wrongful credit.
In late February 2006, Mire was admitted to St Anne’s Hospital under section two of the Mental Health Act in what is thought to have been his first psychotic episode.
Muhiddin Mire had a history of paranoia and thought people were monitoring his thoughts
He was exhibiting disordered thought and delusions of a ‘religious, grandiose and paranoid’ nature.
Mire apparently thought Allah controlled his thoughts and Tony Blair, the former prime minister, was his ‘guiding angel.’
He was seeing men as women and women as men and was given anti-psychotic medication, leaving the hospital on March 17.
He continued to be treated as an out-patient for the next three years until he was discharged back to the care of his GP in 2009.
However, on November 4 2015, his GP referred him to the mental health ‘access team’ because he was suffering from ‘paranoid delusions’ that people from MI5 and MI6 were following him all the time and watching and listening to what he was saying.
The doctor said Mire thought people were recording his activities and his thoughts.
The ISIS fanatic in the back of a prison van
He said Mire felt ‘very depressed and suffered from anxiety and panic attacks’ and had stopped working as a minicab driver because of the delusions.
Mire neither drank nor smoked but said he had used cannabis when he was 16, although he no longer did so.
After his arrest Mire was said to have shown ‘paranoid behaviour, anxiety agitation and low mood’ by the visiting mental health team at Leyton police station.
He was washing his face in the toilet in his cell and said to be showing ‘vague and odd behaviour’ and was judged to be unfit to be interviewed.
At Mire’s messy flat there was a mattress of the floor and a Matalan and Primark bags scattered around.
There were a handful of books including an Arabic course, a copy of the Koran and a special edition of Milestones by the Egyptian Islamist Syed Qutb which advocates the return of sharia law.
In a notebook at his flat, Mire had handwritten a list ‘Keep these five things in battle’ which read: ‘Steadfast (stand firm); remember Allah; obey Allah and his messenger, avoid dispute; patients [sic].’
It finished with: ‘Keep these 5 things, will definitely win war against the kuffars [non-believers].’
Using his Samsung S4 mobile phone, Mire was researching online for ISIS two days before he launched his attack, searching for ISIS videos on Youtube and for Islamic State.
The previous month he was looking for ‘Islam vs West’ and ‘Islam vs Crusade’ and in October he searched for the ‘Caliphate’
His interest in ISIS dated back to at least May when he looked for ‘Islamic State Caliphate scares the West’ for ‘Rise of Caliphate’ and ‘Islam world domination.’
Among the images found on Mire’s phone were pictures of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, and Salah Abdeslam, the co-ordinator behind the Paris attacks, as well as John Cantlie, the ISIS hostage, and Abu Izzadeen the British-based radical preacher.
A CCTV image shows Mire attacking his victim Mr Zimmerman in the station concourse
Throughout November, he conducted numerous searches for topics around the subject of ISIS, including: ‘Jihadis post images of children with knives in support of Israel stabbings’ and ‘What if the Islamic State won?’
However just four months before the attacks he was searching for Manchester United player Anthony Martial, Aston Villa v Manchester United and ‘Manchester United playing style.’
He had an interest in the Mayweather vs Pacquiao boxing match and for boxers Amir Khan and Tyson Fury as well as ‘Kelly Brook fights highlight.’
His other searches included ‘top Somali footballers’, ‘Ronaldo vs Athletic Madrid’ and for matches including AC Milan vs Inter Milan and Valencia vs Barcelona, as well as ‘footytube.’
He had also looked for ‘Uber low prize [sic] charge suck for drivers’ and for ‘Badoo – meet new people’, a reference to a dating website based in Soho, London.
Mire told them he had selected his target at random and used a knife that he had at home and that no one else was involved.
JUDGE RULES THAT JIHADI STILL POSES A DANGER DESPITE BEING MENTALLY ILL AT THE TIME OF HIS GRUESOME ATTACK
Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC ordered that Mire be transferred to prison once treated
The Recorder of London Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC said Mire’s mental illness, extremist ideology, and smoking skunk cannabis meant he posed a danger.
He said: ‘The defendant has himself acknowledged that smoking strong skunk may have affected his mental health.
‘When all three factors are present, the defendant poses the highest risk.
‘It is not sufficient that only his mental health is considered. The risk the defendant presents is not confined to that.
‘I am of the view that the gravity of this offence of attempted murder is such that it does justify a sentence of imprisonment for life.
‘This was an attempt to kill an innocent member of the public for ideological reasons, by cutting his throat in plain sight for maximum impact.
‘I have no difficulty in accepting that the defendant thought he was under surveillance by secret services, perhaps because of material he had been accessing over the Internet.
‘However, I am sure that even in his disordered mind, that he was not attacking Mr Zimmerman or any of the other people because he thought they were agents of the state.
‘I am sure that the defendant did have an independent interest in extremism which led him to embrace it.
‘I am sure that the extremely serious violence that the defendant was intent upon was designed in all circumstances to intimidate at least a section of the public.’