[Image: Muhaydin Mire]
A man who carried out an unprovoked knife attack at Leytonstone tube station has been jailed at the Old Bailey on Monday, 1 August, to life imprisonment with a minimum term of eight and a half years.
Muhaydin Mire, aged 30, of Sansom Road, E11 was found guilty on Wednesday, 8 June of one count of attempted murder having previously pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted wounding following the incident on the evening of Saturday, 5 December 2015 at Leytonstone Underground Station.
The attack was investigated by officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) who painstakingly went through and collated all of the evidence to ensure the best possible evidence was put before the court.
The jury at the Old Bailey heard that Mire had travelled to King’s Cross earlier that afternoon before journeying on to Stratford and then ending up at Leytonstone. There he launched an unpredicted, unprovoked and brutal attack on a fellow male passenger.
During the assault, the victim was beaten and forced to the ground, where Mire repeatedly kicked his head before using a knife he was carrying to attempt to cut his victim’s neck.
Mire then walked out of the station and back in again, as he did so lashing out at people with the knife on at least four occasions and chasing one victim who was filming his actions – all of which he has admitted was an attempt to wound.
When officers arrived at the station they used Taser to disarm Mire, detaining and arresting him, ensuring he was unable to hurt anyone else.
Commander Dean Haydon, of the Counter Terrorism Command, said: “London is a safer place with Mire behind bars. Whilst Mire was not accused of terrorist offences it would appear from comments he made at the time of the attack and the content he had downloaded on his phone that he may have been inspired by terrorist propaganda.
“My officers continue to work tirelessly in stopping people getting drawn into terrorism and violent extremism in all forms as well as prosecuting, disrupting and deterring extremists, reaching out to communities and safeguarding the vulnerable.
“We depend on information from the public, who can be our eyes and ears in our efforts to keep us all safe. We advise the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency the public should always call 999.