A man repeatedly stabbed a train passenger in an unprovoked attack while shouting ‘I want to kill all the Muslims’, a court heard.
It was only the actions of other passengers, including a doctor and nurse who happened to be on board, that saved the life of Muhammed Ali after the attack by Adrian Brown, prosecutors said.
Brown, 38, suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and was said to be suffering a ‘severe psychotic episode’ on December 12 last year, Southwark Crown Court heard.
He is accused of carrying out the attack on Mr Ali on a train travelling between Honor Oak Park and Forest Hill in south London.
Brown admitted attacking the victim but pleaded not guilty to attempted murder on the grounds of insanity.
Brown, of Brockley Rise in south-east London, allegedly threatened passengers on the London Overground train before spotting Mr Ali, whose wife was wearing a hijab and a burka.
He is accused of shouting ‘f***ing Muslims’ as he stabbed Mr Ali, leaving him with a punctured lung as well as injuries to his head and torso.
Prosecutor Alan Kent QC said: ‘The defendant was living in a hostel on the morning of December 12, he left that hostel armed with a knife – he was determined to find and kill Muslim men.
‘He went to the train station at Honor Oak Park which isn’t very far away from the hostel where he was living. He had with a knife which he took from the hostel.
‘He saw the victim, Mr Muhammed Ali, who was sitting on the train with his wife. The defendant approached Mr Ali who was sitting down and repeatedly stabbed him to his head and his body.’
He added: ‘Other passengers on this train came to Mr Ali’s rescue and it would seem it was their bravery coupled with medical attention from a doctor and a nurse who happened to be on a train, that they may well have saved his life through their quick medical intervention.’
Two psychiatrists have determined Brown, who is currently at Broadmoor Hospital, was insane at the time.
Mr Kent said. ‘He has a very long history of paranoid schizophrenia – there is no doubt that when he carried out these offences he was suffering a very severe psychotic episode.’
He is also accused of carrying a knife and assault by beating of Filipe Dias, who worked at the hostel, during an earlier incident, both of which are denied on the grounds of insanity.
Jurors were told by Judge Deborah Taylor they could reach one of three verdicts: not guilty, not guilty by reason of insanity or guilty.