London Teen Admits Killing American Tourist

He was suffering 'acute' episode of schizophrenia, lawyer says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2017 12:11 AM CST
London Teen Admits Killing American Tourist
This courtroom sketch shows Zakaria Bulhan, right, appearing at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016.   (PA via AP)

A 19-year-old man has admitted killing an American tourist and wounding five other people during a stabbing rampage in London last year. Zakaria Bulhan, a Somali-Norwegian who moved to Britain as a child, had been charged with murder and attempted murder but a court accepted his guilty pleas to manslaughter and wounding at a hearing Monday, the Guardian reports. The court was told Bulhan was having an acute episode of paranoid schizophrenia and believed the devil was talking to him when he killed Darlene Horton, a retired teacher from Florida who was visiting London with her husband, on Aug. 3. Bulhan will be sentenced Tuesday and could be sent either to prison or a mental hospital, the BBC reports. (More United Kingdom stories.)

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