LONDON (AP) — A British court has convicted a mentally ill taxi driver of attempted murder by cutting a man’s neck in a knife attack.
Police said Wednesday that a Central Criminal Court jury convicted Muhaydin Mire, 30, of an unprovoked and brutal attack at Leytonstone station in London on Dec. 5. Police had previously spelled his first name as Muhiddin.
Prosecutors say Somalia-born Mire, who had a history of mental illness, had images of a slain British soldier and an Islamic State militant on his phone and claimed his attack was “for Syria.” Mire admitted the attack but denied attempted murder.
Video of the attack taken by a member of the public captured a bystander’s remark: “You ain’t no Muslim bruv.”
The remark became a rallying cry for Muslims who reject violence.