Killer of Finsbury Park Imam judged insane and sent to mental hospital indefinitely

13:38 08 June 2012

IGZ-WK37-11-Maimoun Zazour

IGZ-WK37-11-Maimoun Zazour

Archant

The schizophrenic who strangled the blind Imam of a Finsbury Park mosque claiming he was the “anti-Christ” is legally insane, a court has ruled.

Hamza Boutouil, 25, also known as Aissa Menasria, was found not guilty of manslaughter by an Old Bailey jury and was sent to a mental hospital indefinitely.

Boutouil savagely beat 39-year-old Sheikh Maymoun Zazour before strangling him to death with an ornamental cord at the Muslim Welfare House in Seven Sisters Road, beside Finsbury Park station, last September.

The Algerian national has never denied the killing, and following a three-day trial, he was judged unfit to plead by a jury.

Judge Paul Worsley QC made an indefinite hospital order under the Mental Health Act on Friday, June 1, and told Boutouil: “This death, as I’m sure you will accept, was a tragedy for his family and congregation. He was a popular and caring pastor.”

Earlier, the court saw CCTV footage of Boutouil in altercations with a man and then two girls.

In morning prayers at the Muslim Welfare House he shocked fellow worshippers by reading loudly from the Koran before he went to Mr Zazour’s room.

Jonathon Turner, prosecuting, said: “They were in there together for about an hour, during which time the Imam was killed.”

The post-mortem said the cause of death was strangulation and found a head injury and wounds consistent with a “violent struggle”, the jury was told.

After the attack, Boutouil tried to gain access to the nearby Finsbury Park Mosque. When he couldn’t get in he returned to the scene of the crime and started “raving”.

Mr Turner said: “Among the things he was saying, which bystanders translated from Arabic so the police could understand, was that he had killed the anti-Christ – and by that he meant the Imam – and that this was judgement day.”

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

The X Factor’s Chloe Jasmine Whichello is planning to get her back on Simon Cowell, following her exit.

Read more

Lukas Podolski has killed any possible rumours of him moving to Spurs.

Read more

Promotions

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

This bread came first in a culinary competition and is priced at £25 a loaf.

Spotify Family will enable multiple users to stream and create playlists from within a single plan.

One university has a different approach to initiating its students and, by the looks of it, it’s a lot more fun.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini’s husband has accepted damages after taking action over a magazine article about his family life.

Quirky London