Man, 29, is accused of stabbing the Muslim prayer leader in Regent’s Park mosque because the victim says he forgives the attacker who stabbed the knife in his neck
A man has been charged after allegedly stabbing a 70-year-old Muslim prayer leader in one of the largest mosques in Britain.
Daniel Horton, 29, without a permanent place of residence, was charged Friday with Section 18 GBH and possession of an article with magazines.
He will appear in custody in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.
On Thursday afternoon the police were called to the mosque at Regent’s Park and discovered that worshipers had attached the suspect to the ground.
Daniel Horton, 29, was accused of section 18 GBH and possession of an article with magazines on Friday after allegedly stabbing Raafat Maglad, 70, (photo) in the Central Mosque in London
A man, in the 70s, was taken to hospital for treatment to stab injuries – he was discharged after treatment.
On Friday, the Muslim leader returned to the mosques with his arm in a sling less than 24 hours after being stabbed – and said he forgave his attacker.
Raafat Maglad, 70, collapsed when he was reportedly stabbed in the neck or shoulder by a 29-year-old man standing behind him with a five-inch kitchen knife.
Amid the chaos, 20 worshipers pinned the mesman to the ground, while others provided first aid to Mr. Maglad in the London Central Mosque.
The Metropolitan Police arrived minutes after fifteen minutes later in the mosque near Regent’s Park and arrested the attacker on suspicion of attempted murder.
Today Mr. Maglad, who leads the call to prayer five times a day, returned to the mosque after being released this morning from the main trauma unit of a hospital.
Maqlad today was flanked by security in the mosque and said: “I forgive him. I feel no hatred for him, he is a human being and what happened to me is my destiny.