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UK mosque attacker wants prison so he can learn Quran 'from start to finish'  


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UK mosque attacker wants prison so he can learn Quran 'from start to finish'

Daniel Horton, 30, stabbed Raafat Maglad at the London Central Mosque in Regent’s Park, leaving the prayer leader unable to feed himself with his right arm alone

Speaking after the stabbing, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “deeply saddened” by the attack, echoing comments made by Mr Maglad himself.  The court heard Horton has a string of previous convictions over several years including domestic abuse, possession of a firearm and assaulting a police officer.  Psychological reports show he had a history of serious psychiatric illnesses including paranoid schizophrenia and suggested a hospital order sentence.  But Horton told his lawyer he instead wanted to be punished with a prison sentence when he could “learn the Quran from start to finish.”

His next hearing will take place on December 10, pending further clarification on psychiatric reports regarding his state of mind.  Previous convictions include two counts of assaulting a police officer and a separate conviction of wounding when Horton stabbed a friend following an argument.  It was said he suffers from anxiety, stiffness in his shoulder, is less able to exercise and has less movement in one of his arms.  The court heard cannot raise a spoon to his mouth with his right arm without the assistance of his left.  Mr Maguire said: "He is less confident in standing in front of the prayer hall with the congregation behind him as he is scared that he might be attacked."

Speaking after the stabbing, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “deeply saddened” by the attack, echoing comments made by Mr Maglad himself.  The court heard Horton has a string of previous convictions over several years including domestic abuse, possession of a firearm and assaulting a police officer.  Psychological reports show he had a history of serious psychiatric illnesses including paranoid schizophrenia and suggested a hospital order sentence.  But Horton told his lawyer he instead wanted to be punished with a prison sentence when he could “learn the Quran from start to finish.”

His next hearing will take place on December 10, pending further clarification on psychiatric reports regarding his state of mind.   Previous convictions include two counts of assaulting a police officer and a separate conviction of wounding when Horton stabbed a friend following an argument.  In April 2006, Horton threw a brick through his friend's window. The pair argued when Horton grabbed his friend by the neck, threw him to the floor and stabbed him in the leg.  In October 2009, Horton was convicted of affray and possessing a weapon in a public place.  In July 2009, police attended an incident of domestic violence when Horton threatened his girlfriend with a knife then attacked a police officer and broke his hand.  Mr Maguire said: "Mr Horton brandished a large kitchen knife towards police in a threatening manner and had to be restrained."

In August 2011, he was convicted for another count of domestic violence. When police arrived, Horton spat in the face of two police officers and shouted that he had HIV.  In December 2012, he was convicted for possessing firearms with intent after going to collect documents at a hostel where he was previously staying.  Mr Maguire said: "When asked to come back another time, Mr Horton took a handgun from his waistband. He threatened to shoot."

Horton was also convicted of harassment for sending threatening messages to his ex girlfriend when he threatened to burn her house down.  In 2016, he was convicted of possession of a knife or bladed article after a member of the public contacted police.

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