Knife attacker ‘wanted to kill English people’

Friday, August 16, 2019

A man who wanted to “kill English people” has been jailed for 21 years for attempted murder.

Samiualahq Akbari revealed the plan during a drunken telephone call in January with his cousin before he entered three establishments in Thornton Heath looking for someone to harm.

Akbari first entered a kebab shop where he asked two customers where they were from before grabbing a knife from behind the counter and waving it in their face.

He then entered a pub and lunged towards a group of people who managed to defend themselves.

The third attack took place in a nearby branch of Tesco where Akbari asked a customer where he was from. After the victim confirmed he was from the UK, Akbari lunged at him with the knife.

A police search discovered Akbari hiding in a nearby garden.

The 32-year-old was charged with attempted murder, affray, possession of an offensive weapon and threatening behaviour.

At the Old Bailey he was jailed for 12 months for the affray in the kebab shop, 12 months for the affray in the pub and 20 months and 30 months for the two charges of threatening someone with an offensive weapon.

Those sentences will run concurrently with his sentence for attempted murder. He was also jailed for four years for throwing rocks from a footbridge overlooking a road in May 2018.

Detective Constable Chris Dimmer said it was clear Akbari was “malicious in his intention to injure as many people as possible”.

“He specifically sought to identify and target people from a certain nationality and to cause them as much harm as possible,” he said.

“I’m pleased to see that this dangerous man’s actions have been met with this lengthy sentence and I hope it gives those targeted in the attack some form of closure.”