A man who grew up in Sheffield has been locked up indefinitely in a secure hospital after a near-fatal knife attack on a police officer at a mosque.
Mohamoud Elmi, aged 32, also stabbed two worshippers at the Madrassa Qasim Ul Uloom centre in Birmingham.
He was told he requires life-long monitoring to protect the public.
Elmi, who suffers from a form of schizophrenia, was found not guilty of the attack by reason of his insanity but in returning the ‘special’ verdicts, jurors ruled that Elmi had carried out acts which amounted to attempted murder and wounding.
A three-day trial heard how Elmi calmly walked away from his initial ‘frenzied’ attack on two fellow worshippers at the mosque to pay a visit to a washroom.
Elmi, of Ward End Hall Grove, Washwood Heath, then returned to a prayer area before repeatedly stabbing a PC Adam Koch, who attempted to Taser him.
Passing sentence on Elmi, Mrs Justice Carr said the victims had been subjected to a ‘terrifying and unprovoked’ ordeal.
Elmi was born in Somalia in 1981 and originally lived with his family in Sheffield before moving to Bristol and then Birmingham.