Court hears attempted murder on mosque-goer not racially motivated

    Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court has heard that an attack on a mosque-goer in Hale was not racially motivated.

    Ian Rooke, 28, has gone on trial accused of the attempted murder of Nasser Kurdy as the surgeon walked into the Islamic Cultural Centre, on Grove Lane, on 24 September.

    Mr Rooke denies the charge but admits stabbing Mr Kurdy in the neck.

    The court also heard that the suspect said, whilst being checked into custody, that Mr Kurdy was the “first guy he had seen without kids” and that he was “having it”.

    The prosecution and defence agree that Mr Rooke has a personality disorder. It is claimed that on the day of the attack the defendant had not taken prescribed medication for two days.

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