Reading stabbings: Khairi Saadallah jailed for park murders

Reading stabbings: Khairi Saadallah jailed for park murders

A killer who stabbed three men to death in a Reading park has been handed a whole-life jail term.

Khairi Saadallah, 26, murdered James Furlong, 36, David Wails, 49, and 39-year-old Joe Ritchie-Bennett, on 20 June last year in Forbury Gardens.

London’s Old Bailey previously heard Saadallah “executed” the men as an “act of religious jihad”.

Passing sentence Judge Mr Justice Sweeney said all his offences “had a terrorist connection”.

Saadallah, who admitted the murders, had also pleaded guilty to three charges of attempted murder of three other men – Nishat Nisudan, Patrick Edwards and Stephen Young – who were also in the park.

The judge described the attack as “swift, ruthless and brutal”, and said the victims “had no chance to react, let alone defend themselves” .

He said he was sure it “involved a substantial degree of premeditation or planning” and was carried out “for the purpose of advancing a political, religious, or ideological cause”.

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