Secure hospital for mosque attacker

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

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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

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