Teenager Zakaria Bulhan admits killing American tourist and injuring five others in Russell Square rampage

Teenager admits to killing American tourist and injuring five others in Russell Square rampage

19-year-old Zakaria Bulhan admitted manslaughter by diminished responsibility at the Old Bailey

Monday, February 6, 2017

A teenager has admitted killing an American tourist and injuring five other people during a rampage in London last summer.

Zakaria Bulhan, a 19-year-old Norwegian national of Somali origin, attacked 64-year-old retired teacher Darlene Horton - who was visiting the British capital with her husband and was due to fly back to her Florida home the following day - and several strangers with a knife on the evening of August 3 in London last year.

The incident took place in Russell Square, the site of one of the 7/7 bombings on July 7, 2005. The alarm was raised, with armed police arriving on the scene within six minutes.

Bulhan was arrested without injury or ammunition being discharged, and it later emerged his behaviour had been influenced by a mental illness.

On what would have been the opening day of his trial at the Old Bailey, the 19-year-old denied the murder of Darlene Horton but admitted manslaughter by diminished responsibility.

He admitted wounding the five other people involved in the incident with intent, but denied attempted murder.

Both pleas have been accepted by the the prosecution, with prosecutor Mark Heywood QC saying it was right to accept them.