Reading terrorist admits murdering three men as they sat in park

A terror attacker has admitted to knifing three men to death while they were enjoying a drink in a Reading park.

Khairi Saadallah, 26, has pleaded guilty to three counts of murder and three attempted murders at the Old Bailey.

Friends James Furlong, 36, David Wails, 49, and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, 39, were attacked while they were enjoying a socially distanced drink in Forbury Gardens.

All three died shortly after Saadallah, from Libya, launched his stabbing rampage at around 7pm on June 20.

History teacher Mr Furlong and Mr Ritchie-Bennett, a US citizen who worked for a pharmaceutical company, were each stabbed once in the neck.

Scientist Mr Wails was stabbed once in the back. All three were pronounced dead at the scene.

During Saadallah’s two-minute stabbing spree, he also injured three other men who were sitting in a nearby group.

Stephen Young, and Patrick Edwards and Nishit Nisudan were all wounded but survived the attack.

Mr Young needed 28 stitches to his forehead after suffering a ‘serious and deep’ cut to his face.

The knifeman denies his stabbing rampage was a terror attack committed for a religious or ideological cause and that there was no substantial preparation or planning.

He had been due to stand trial at the end of this month but changed his plea today at the Old Bailey.

Mr Justice Sweeney is expected to adjourn the hearing to a date to be fixed when he will hear evidence about the triple killer’s motive before passing sentence.

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