Russell Square Stabbing Accused Zakaria Bulhan Remanded In Custody Over Murder

Bulhan is due to re-appear in court on Tuesday.

06/08/2016 14:06

A teenager charged with carrying out a knife attack in London which left an American tourist dead and five people injured has been remanded in custody after appearing in court on Saturday.

Zakaria Bulhan appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court accused of murdering retired teacher Darlene Horton, 64, on Wednesday evening.

The 19-year-old was also charged with the attempted murder of Martin Hoenisch, Lillie Selletin, David Imber, Bernard Hepplewhite and Yovel Lewronski, who were all injured in the same attack. 

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Court artist sketch of Zakaria Bulhan (right) appearing at Westminster Magistrates Court on Saturday

Bulhan, a Norwegian national of Somali origin who moved to the UK in 2002, was not represented in court and spoke only to confirm his name and address.

He will next appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday. 

Horton, the wife of a university professor from Florida, was just hours away from flying home when she was killed in the attack in Russell Square.

A British man who suffered a stab wound to his stomach in the attack remains in hospital in a “serious but stable” condition while an American man, an Australian man, an Australian woman and an Israeli woman were all discharged from hospital on Thursday after receiving treatment for their injuries.

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Darlene Horton died after the incident on Wednesday night 

Yovel Lewkowski, 18, who was visiting London from Tel Aviv was stabbed in the upper arm.

She said she did not know whether to call it “luck or fate” that she escaped death, adding that she had watched as Horton “perished in front of my eyes”.

Horton, a mother-of-two was visiting London with husband Richard Wagner, who was teaching summer classes, and the couple had planned to return to their home in Tallahassee on Thursday, Florida State University said.

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