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Reading terror suspect Khairi Saadallah, 25, appears in court after three friends stabbed to death in two-minute spree

THE Reading terror suspect appeared in court this morning accused of stabbing three pals to death in a two-minute spree.

Khairi Saadallah, 25, appeared at the Old Bailey today via video-link from Belmarsh Prison in south-east London.

Khairi Saadallah, aged 25, is charged with three counts of murder
Khairi Saadallah, aged 25, is charged with three counts of murder
Three men were killed and another three left injured
Three men were killed and another three left injured

He was flanked by two guards as he appeared on screen in the London court.

Saadallah is alleged to have launched the two-minute stabbing spree in Forbury Gardens, Reading, shortly before 7pm on Saturday June 20.

Friends James Furlong, 36, David Wails, 49, and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, 39, all died, while three others - their friend Stephen Young, and Patrick Edwards and Nishit Nisudan, who were sitting in a nearby group - were injured.

History teacher Mr Furlong and Mr Ritchie-Bennett, a US citizen, were each stabbed once in the neck.

Scientist Mr Wails was stabbed once in the back as the group enjoyed the evening sunshine. They were all declared dead at the scene.

Mr Young needed 28 stitches after he was knifed once in the head, while Mr Edwards was stabbed in the back.

Mr Nisudan suffered wounds to his face and hand. They have all since been released from hospital.

Saadallah, wearing a grey jumper and beige trousers for his court appearance, confirmed his name, date of birth and his nationality as Libyan.

He was further remanded in custody during the 10-minute hearing on Wednesday ahead of a preliminary hearing at the Old Bailey in the court's terror list on July 10.

No date for a possible trial has been set.

David Wails, 49, was a senior scientist at a global chemicals company
David Wails, 49, was a senior scientist at a global chemicals company
Joe Ritchie-Bennett was an American who had lived in the UK for 15 years
Joe Ritchie-Bennett was an American who had lived in the UK for 15 years
James Furlong was a teacher at The Holt School in Wokingham
James Furlong was a teacher at The Holt School in Wokingham