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Daniel Horton admits stabbing Central London Mosque prayer leader

media captionRaafat Maglad was stabbed inside London Central Mosque.

A man has been convicted of stabbing a prayer leader in the neck as he held prayers at London Central Mosque.

Daniel Horton - who had converted to Islam and worshipped at the mosque - admitted attacking Raafat Maglad, 70, on 20 February.

Horton, 30, pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court to wounding with intent and possessing an offensive weapon.

Horton, of no fixed address, is due to be sentenced at the same court on 16 November.

He had converted to Islam and had been attending the north London mosque as a worshipper for a few years, prosecutors told the court.

On the day of the attack, he attended the mosque where Mr Maglad, in his role as a Muezzin, was calling all members of the mosque to prayer in the main prayer hall.

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image captionRaafat Maglad returned to the mosque less than 24 hours after he was stabbed

When the second prayer was ending, Horton attacked Mr Maglad by stabbing his praying victim in the neck with a small kitchen knife.

The Crown Prosecution Service's Jonathan Efemini said no motive had been established for the stabbing, which he described as "unprovoked".

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"Horton launched this targeted attack on Mr Maglad who was defenceless in the midst of prayer," he told the court.

"He had waited for the service to commence, lunged towards the victim, and stabbed him once in the neck.

"Mr Maglad has been attending Regent's Park Mosque for 25 years as the Muezzin who would make the call for prayer five times a day.

"This should have been a safe and sacred space for him to worship in peace."

Mr Maglad, a father-of-three, has since made a full recovery.

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