Samiulahaq Akbari, 22, was caught on CCTV walking into the Tesco Extra in Thornton Heath, south London, on January 8. Akbari tapped a customer on the shoulder and asked for his nationality.
Daily Mail (h/t Mary C) He then took a swing at the victim, Mr Speight, with a ten-inch kitchen knife when he said he was from the UK.Mr Speight managed to kick Akbari off when he leapt on him and miraculously escaped from the scuffle without a mark on him.
Just ten minutes earlier Akbari had pulled a knife on two other men in separate establishments on the same road in Croydon and was said to be ‘fuelled with the same intention’.
Prosecutor Heidi Stonecliffe told jurors: ‘On that evening in January this year this defendant had set out deliberately to threaten, harm and kill members of the public by virtue of their nationality, or what Mr Akbari perceived to be their nationality – they were English.’