Sami Akbari convicted of attempted murder

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LONDON: A man has been convicted of attempted murder after he attacked a man with a knife in Thornton Heath. Samiualahq Akbari, 32, of Brigstock Road, was found guilty on Friday, 5 July, following a week-long trial at the Old Bailey.

The jury heard how on the night of 8 January Akbari called his cousin whilst heavily drunk at 20:45hrs and said he wanted to “kill English people”. He then went into three different establishments looking for someone to harm.

After the phone call his concerned cousin travelled to Thornton Heath to check on him. They both went to a fast food shop and while Akbari was inside his cousin contacted police.

When his cousin tried to persuade Akbari to go home, he ran off. Officers met the cousin nearby and search began to trace down Akbari.

Shortly after Akbari entered a kebab shop on London Road and approached two customers asking them were they were from. When they didn’t answer, Akbari walked behind the counter and took a large kitchen knife which he wielded in a customer’s face.

Akbari then left the shop with the knife and entered Plough-On-The-Pond Public House in search of further victims. After asking customers in the pub where they were from he again lunged towards a group with the knife. The group were able to defend themselves so he backed off and left.

Then Akbari went into Tesco and approached a customer, he asked the victim where he was from and when he ascertained he was from the UK he suddenly charged at the victim with the knife. The victim managed to jump backwards and the knife missed him, after a brief struggle, Akbari left the shop still carrying the knife.

Akbari was found guilty of attempted murder and threatening another with an offensive weapon. He will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on 26, July.