Teen admits killing Florida woman in London knife rampage

  • Teen admits killing Florida woman in London knife rampage

Teen admits killing Florida woman in London knife rampage

A teenage paranoid schizophrenic who killed a tourist in a stabbing spree was taken to a mosque rather than a hospital when his condition worsened, it has emerged.

The defendant, from south west London, was charged with murder and the attempted murders of Martin Hoenisch, Lillie Selletin, David Imber, Bernard Hepplewhite and Yovel Lewronski.

Mother-of-two Mrs Horton was visiting London with her husband, Richard Wagner - a university professor from Florida who was teaching summer classes.

The other five people injured have since made good recoveries, the court heard. They were due to fly home the next day.

Prosecutor Mark Heywood QC said: "As he passed members of the public he veered across the pavement towards them".

"This was quickly found not to be the case and we now know Bulhan was suffering a severe episode of mental health". She died at the scene.

Bulhan, a 19-year old Somali-Norwegian who moved to the United Kingdom in 2002, admitted to committing manslaughter on grounds of being in a poor mental state, the BBC reported. He was diagnosed as having acute paranoid schizophrenia when he carried out the attack.

Shortly afterwards, Bulhan was arrested by police, who subdued him with a stun gun.

Mrs Horton's widower said in a statement: "Losing Darlene, my wife and best friend, under these circumstances is as bad as you might imagine it to be, if not worse".

A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service told TheJournal.ie that Bulhan will be sentenced tomorrow.

The incident raised fears of terrorism but police said it was not considered a terrorist attack.