Khairi Saadallah faces trial in November over Reading’s Forbury Gardens attack

A MAN accused of carrying out a suspected terror attack at Reading’s Forbury Gardens in which three friends were killed is set to face a trial in November.

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

He wore a maroon sweatshirt and grey trousers for his court appearance, speaking only to confirm his name.

Saadallah, of Basingstoke Road in Reading, is accused of launching the two-minute stabbing spree in Forbury Gardens, Reading, shortly before 7pm on Saturday, June 20.

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 while scientist Mr Wails was stabbed once in the back. All three were declared dead at the scene.

Mr Justice Sweeney said he was prepared to set a provisional date of November 30 for a trial, which may last between two to three weeks.

Saadallah will appear again at the Old Bailey for a preparatory hearing on November 6.

Reading Chronicle