Teen in court over deadly knife at­tack

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A TEENAGER ac­cused of mur­der­ing an Amer­i­can tourist and in­jur­ing five oth­ers in a knife at­tack in Lon­don made his first court ap­pear­ance and was re­manded in cus­tody.

Zakaria Bul­han is charged with the murder of 64-year-old re­tired teacher Dar­lene Hor­ton plus five counts of at­tempted murder fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent on Au­gust 3 in Lon­don’s Rus­sell Square.

The 19-year-old, who lives in Toot­ing in south Lon­don, is a Nor­we­gian na­tional of So­mali ori­gin who came to Bri­tain as a child in 2002.

Af­ter be­ing charged on Au­gust 5, he ap­peared at West­min­ster Mag­is­trates’ Court for a pro­ce­dural hear­ing the next day, where he spoke only to con­firm his name, ad­dress and date of birth.

Wear­ing a light grey track­suit, he held his face in his hand as the names of the vic­tims were read out. When asked if he un­der­stood the charges, he nod­ded and gave the judge a thumbs-up.

Bul­han was re­manded in cus­tody and will next ap­pear at the Old Bai­ley to­mor­row.

Ms Hor­ton, a mother of two, was the wife of a pro­fes­sor at Florida State Univer­sity, Richard Wag­ner, who had been teach­ing sum­mer classes in Lon­don.

She died just hours be­fore she had been due to fly home. –

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