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Man jailed for terrorising railway passengers with knife


'I'm off to kill someone': Knifeman planned to kill train passenger to commit 'suicide by cop'

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 6:41 PM on 1st March 2011

 A knifeman who held more than 30 train passengers hostage in a bid to commit 'suicide by cop' has been jailed for five years.

Mohammed Hussain, 20, left a note telling his family he was off to kill someone in the hope he would be gunned down by police.

After an all-night drinking session, he grabbed a kitchen knife and boarded a Docklands Light Railway carriage where he terrorised victims, including the elderly and children.

But when brave passenger Tariq Elmenstirly wrestled him to the ground, the 23-year-old ended up 'Tasered' by police who confused him with the frenzied attacker.

During the ordeal, which lasted more than an hour, a number of desperate travellers risked their lives escaping over live rails as Hussain waved his blade and snarled: 'You're all hostages, I want police to shoot me right here.'

Jailing Hussain at Blackfriars Crown Court, Judge John Hillen gave Mr Elmenstirly an £800 bravery award.

Conductor Gerald Li is to receive £400 from the same fund 'to mark the public's gratitude' for his attempts to calm Hussain.

Bournemouth University student Mr Elmenstirly, of Acton, west London, was mistaken for the suspect by officers from the Metropolitan Police who shocked him with a Taser. He was left 'temporarily incapacitated' as a result.

Hussain has attempted suicide on other occasions, once leaping into the River Thames off Westminster Bridge.

Ruling he was a danger to the public, Judge Hillen handed him an extended sentence, meaning he will be on licence for an additional five years following his release.

'Whilst trying to take your own life, you placed others in danger of harm and even death,' the judge said.

'I consider longer protection by licence period to be the only way to mark the public concern.'

Mr Hussain had pulled out a ten-inch blade after boarding the Docklands Light Railway train at 7am on Saturday, July 3.

He operated the emergency stop as the train left Shadwell station and told terrified passengers: 'I'm holding the train hostage'

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