Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith spared a man jail who was armed with a knife and arrested outside the House of Parliament in June. 27-year-old Nigerian, Eniola Mustafa Aminu was sent to a psychiatric hospital following his claim that he brought the weapon so police would shoot him, as he felt unable to kill himself because of his religion.
Police fired Taser at Aminu close to the Carriage Gates entrance to the Palace of Westminster on the morning of June 16 as he fought officers during attempts to detain him.
The incident happened three months after terrorist Khalid Masood stabbed and killed PC Keith Palmer in the same vicinity.
Police Sergeant Jonathan Pope, who was left with cuts to his arm after he bravely wrestled Aminu to the ground, believed he was dealing with a potential terrorist, Southwark Crown Court heard.
Scotland Yard later described the event as ‘not terror related’. Animu told a police forensic medical examiner: ‘I wanted the police to see me and shoot me’.
Aminu admitted possessing an offensive weapon in a public place at an earlier hearing. But he denied assaulting a constable in the execution of his duty, claiming to not remember any assault. That charge was dropped after Aminu admitted carrying the knife.
Photo: Eniola Mustafa Aminu was sent to a psychiatric hospital
Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith said: ‘Every psychiatrist who has seen you since you committed this offence agrees that you were mentally unwell at the time you committed it and you are still mentally unwell.
‘Your mental illness began to show itself last year and resulted in your detention under the mental health act of three to four months this year.’
The judge added: ‘The court is satisfied that you are suffering from a mental disorder of a nature or degree which makes it appropriate for you to be detained in a hospital for medical treatment.
‘I make an order under the Mental Health Act 1983 Section 37 for your detention until you are better, then you can gradually be released back into the community.’
Aminu, of Greenwich, south-east London, will be treated at the Bracton Centre, a medium secure mental health unit in Kent.