Former Camden schoolboy, 30, who tried to behead man at Leytonstone Tube station given life sentence
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A former Camden schoolboy who tried to behead a Tube passenger during an Islamic State-inspired rampage has been sent to Broadmoor high security hospital to begin a life sentence.
Somali-born Muhiddin Mire, 30, targeted strangers at random in the ticket hall at Leytonstone Underground station in east London on December 5 last year.
Mire, who is schizophrenic, was a pupil at South Camden Community School, now Regent High School, between October 2003 and July 2005.
He grabbed fellow passenger Lyle Zimmerman and attempted to murder the 56-year-old musician after they travelled on the same train from Stratford to Leytonstone, where Mire lived alone in Sansom Road.
He will serve a minimum of eight and a half years before being considered for parole.
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But Mire could serve the entirety of his sentence at the psychiatric unit, which has housed some of the country’s most notorious criminals, including the Yorkshire Ripper.
Sentencing him at the Old Bailey, Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC, Recorder of London, said that while he accepted Mire was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the offence, he was also of the opinion he had been motivated by events in Syria.
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He continued: “In other words, because Muslims were being bombed in Syria, he was going to attack civilians here.
“That was designed to intimidate a section of the public, and it was to advance an extreme cause.
“This was an attempt to to kill an innocent member of the public for ideological reasons by cutting his throat in plain sight for maximum impact.”
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