U.K. Court Finds Taxi Driver Guilty in Subway Knife Rampage

LONDON (AP) -
A railway bridge crosses a street in Leytonstone, east London, December 7, 2015. A 29-year-old man appeared in court on Monday after being charged by counter-terrorism officers with attempted murder in a weekend knife attack at Leytonstone underground station in east London. Wearing a grey t-shirt and grey track suit bottoms, Muhaydin Mire of east London spoke only to confirm his name, age and address at Westminster Magistrates' Court. REUTERS/Toby Melville
A railway bridge crosses a street in Leytonstone, east London. (Reuters/Toby Melville)

A British court has convicted a mentally ill taxi driver of attempted murder by cutting a man’s neck in a knife attack.

Police said Wednesday that a Central Criminal Court jury convicted Muhaydin Mire, 30, of an unprovoked and brutal attack at Leytonstone station in London on Dec. 5. Police had previously spelled his first name as Muhiddin.

Prosecutors say Somalia-born Mire, who had a history of mental illness, had images of a slain British soldier and an Islamic State terrorist on his phone and claimed his attack was “for Syria.” Mire admitted the attack but denied attempted murder.

Video of the attack taken by a member of the public captured a bystander’s remark: “You ain’t no Muslim bruv.”

The remark became a rallying cry for Muslims who reject violence.