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Russell Square stabbings: Zakaria Bulhan trial date set

Court artist sketch of Zakaria Bulhan (right) appearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London Image copyright Elizabeth Cook/PA
Image caption Zakaria Bulhan (right) first appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court last week

A 19-year-old charged with murdering a US tourist and wounding five other people in a knife attack in central London will go on trial next year.

Zakaria Bulhan, of south-west London, is accused of murdering retired teacher Darlene Horton, 64, during the attack in Russell Square last Wednesday.

The 19-year-old - a Norwegian national of Somali origin - is also accused of the attempted murder of five others.

The Old Bailey heard one man remains in hospital in a serious condition.

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Image caption Darlene Horton had been visiting the capital with her husband, Richard Wagner, a university professor from Florida who was teaching summer classes

Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC, Recorder of London, remanded the defendant in custody and set a trial date of 6 February.

Mr Bulhan, who appeared via video link, refused legal representation during the five minute hearing.

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