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Mosque attacker to be hospitalised to 'protect public'

A judge has ruled that a mentally ill man who attacked a police officer at a mosque in Birmingham will spend an indefinite period in a secure hospital.

Mohmamoud Elmo, who also stabbed two worshippers at the Madrassa Qasim Ul Uloom centre, suffers from a form of schizophrenia.

Elmi, 32, of Ward End Hall Grove, Washwood Heath, was found not guilty by reason of insanity yesterday.

Passing sentence on Mrs Justice Carr said the victims had been subjected to a "terrifying and unprovoked" ordeal.

You were in a mental state where neither your actions nor your thoughts were in your control.

Having heard and considered all of the expert evidence I am satisfied that, because of the nature of your offences and having regard to your mental illness and to the risk that you will commit further offences if you are not detained, a restriction order is necessary to protect the public from serious harm.

You require lifelong follow-up and monitoring to protect the public. This is not a punishment but necessary for the protection of the public.

– Mrs Justice Carr at Birmingham Crown Court

Mosque attacker found not guilty due to insanity

The jury reached its decision at Birmingham Crown Court today Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

A man accused of attempted murder after a policeman and worshippers were stabbed at a mosque has been found not guilty due to insanity.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court cleared 32-year-old Mohamoud Elmi of two charges of attempted murder and one of wounding with intent, after he stabbed a police officer and a worshipper at a mosque in Ward End on June 15th.

Mr Elmi is set to pass a hospital order tomorrow, that will see Mr Elmi held indefinitely in a secure mental health facility.

He will only be released if experts deem him no longer a danger to the public.


Police remain at Birmingham Crown Court after taser fired

Extra police officers are at Birmingham Crown Court after a taser was fired inside the building.

West Midlands Police had to call for backup due to 'disorder'.

The device was fired at a man who then ran away from the scene.

Taser fired during 'disorder' at Birmingham Crown Court

A taser has been fired during disorder inside Birmingham Crown Court.

West Midlands Police have confirmed the incident happened at around 3:30pm and that officers based at the building had to call for backup.

It follows reports of a disturbance in the lobby area at the building.

Streets around the court were also cordoned off by police as a safety precaution.


Mother on trial for the attempted murder of her child down a rubbish chute

Birmingham Crown Court Credit: PA

A mother has gone on trial for attempting to kill her six-day-old baby by dropping the infant down a rubbish chute.

Jaymin Abdulrahman, aged 25, is accused of putting the child into the chute at her fifth floor flat in Wolverhampton, last September.

The baby was later found in a bin store by the father, after Abdulrahman called him to say the child had been kidnapped. The child had severe head injuries but survived.

This morning the prosecution at Birmingham Crown Court said tests carried out after Abdulrahman was arrested showed the baby had dropped more than 40 feet at a speed of almost 30 miles an hour.

Abdulrahman denies attempted murder and causing and inflicting grevious bodily harm. The trial continues.

Husband pleads guilty to murdering wife

An estranged husband who cut the throat of his wife at the family home in Alum Rock and left her to die has pleaded guilty of her murder at Birmingham Crown Court.

On Monday 19 November 2012, Shoukat Ali, aged 38, arrived at the family home where the 33-year-old victim, Shaista Khatoon lived with three of her five children.

He broke into the family home and attacked his wife with a knife which resulted in her throat being cut.

The victim would later die from her injuries at Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham.