5 Jun 2012

Man admits charges over Christchurch knife rampage

4:32 pm on 5 June 2012

A man has pleaded guilty to weapon and kidnapping charges relating to his rampage across Christchurch that left two people with stab wounds.

A Christchurch City Council worker and a woman were injured in the stabbings on 15 March this year.

Zakariye Mohammed Hussein made an unexpected guilty plea at the Christchurch District Court on Tuesday after police withdrew a charge of attempted murder.

The Somali refugee admitted charges of unlawful possession of a weapon - a knife - in Redwood Primary School and Hoon Hay Road, kidnapping a council worker and a woman, wounding the council worker with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and injuring the woman with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

His lawyer, Allister Davis, told Radio New Zealand that Hussein accepted responsibility for his actions though he is still in psychiatric care at Hillmorton Hospital.

Hussein is due to appear in court for sentencing on 20 September.