Boy, 16, appears in court charged with murders of 31-year-old student in burka and young father after he was ‘found with weapon’ near one of crime scenes

Thousands turned out for Ms Almanea’s funeral after her body was flown back to Saudi Arabia for burial

A 16-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with murdering a 31-year-old Saudi student who was wearing a burka and a father-of-five within three months of each other.

The teenager was stopped by officers on Tuesday on suspicion of having an offensive weapon – a lock knife – on the same path in Colchester where Saudi Nahid Almanea was found brutally stabbed to death last June.

The boy has now been charged with murdering Ms Almanea and James Attfield, 33, who died after being stabbed more than 100 times in the town last March.

The teenager appeared before magistrates in Chelmsford this morning wearing glasses and a grey tracksuit…

unnamed-2The teenager was charged with murdering Ms Almanea and James Attfield (pictured), who died after being stabbed more than 100 times in a park in the town in March last year

unnamed-10And there was seemingly endless discussion about it being Islamophobia. In the end, it appears to be a (sadly) conventional psychopath.

Earlier coverage:

June 20, 2014: A Woman Wearing A Headscarf In Killed In The UK: No Suspect, No Motive But It Is Already Around The World: Islamophobia!

June 24, 2014: Thousands Gather For Desert Burial For Saudi Arabian Student Nahid Almanea Stabbed To Death In Essex

June 25, 2014: UK: Supposed Yet Unconfirmed ‘Hijab Murder’ Becoming Obsession — ‘Exposes Threats To UK-Middle East Relationships’ — Good!

  • Mal

    “And there was seemingly endless discussion about it being Islamophobia. In the end, it appears to be a (sadly) conventional psychopath.”

    It will always be “islamophobia” to those so inclined to distribute the line, poor Mr. Attfield notwithstanding.

    And the paucity of adjectives describing the perp tells me something else, too.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      A very marked paucity of adjectives.

  • Jade

    The 16yo is one that should have gotten treatment and it is a sad thing that happened to these two people

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Treatment for what, though?

      • Frau Katze

        Psychopaths are untreatable. Their brains are wired up that way.

        They should be executed.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Given that he’s not been described explicitly as a mental patient I suspect that he’s got something else going on like some sort of religious affiliation that I can only wonder about.

          • Frau Katze

            It’s possible. But I’ve been a true crime buff for decades and I’ve read a lot about guys like Ted Bundy. Serial killers. They’re not mentally ill, but they have no conscience. People used to say they were evil.

            One way or the other, they can’t be cured…if let out they kill again.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Well, I’ve been known to be wrong.
            Surely not, no!
            Yes, I have.
            Looking at the timeline I see someone who stabbed a white guy with brain damage a hundred times before moving on to his real target a day or two later.
            The first was practice on a perceived pig.
            And the second was the denouement.
            It’s hard for me to come to a different conclusion.

          • Frau Katze

            We will likely never know since details will be withheld due to his age.

            He could be a Muslim. He could almost anything, given what the UK has turned into.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Oh, and guys like Bundy, don’t they tend to wait for their urges to crest before going out again.
            At least that’s what Dexter taught me.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            And then there’s Benjamin Levin.