Man pleads guilty to Regent's Park mosque stabbing in prayer hall
A homeless man has pleaded guilty to stabbing a prayer leader in the neck at one of the UK’s largest mosques.
Daniel Horton, 30, stabbed his 70-year-old victim during prayers at the London Central Mosque, Regent’s Park, on 20 February 2020.
Today (Monday, 12 October), he pleaded guilty to one count of wounding with intent and one count of having an offensive weapon at Southwark Crown Court.
Horton had converted to Islam and had been attending the north London mosque as a worshipper for a few years. On the day of the attack, he attended the mosque where Raafat Maglad, in his role as a Muezzin, was calling all members of the mosque to prayer in the main prayer hall. When the second prayer was ending, Horton attacked Mr Maglad. He stabbed his praying victim in the neck with a small kitchen knife.
No motive has been established for the stabbing.
Jonathan Efemini, from the CPS, said: “This was an unprovoked attack on a 70-year-old Muezzin praying at a mosque.
“Horton launched this targeted attack on Mr Maglad who was defenceless in the midst of prayer. 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.
“Our thoughts are with Mr Maglad and the hundreds of people attending prayer who witnessed this appalling attack.”
Mr Maglad, a father-of-three, has since made a full recovery.
Horton will be sentenced on 16 November at the same court.
Notes to editors
- Daniel Horton (DOB: 07/06/1990) is of no known address
- Jonathan Efemini is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS London South.