Student tried to kill cyclists and cops outside UK's parliament
A student has been found guilty of trying to kill cyclists and police officers outside the UK's Houses of Parliament.
Salih Khater ploughed his Ford into a pedestrian and a group of cyclists who had stopped at a red light in London's Parliament Square on August 14 last year.
The 30-year-old then careered into a security lane and crashed into barriers as two police officers jumped out of the way.
The Old Bailey heard Khater, of Highgate Street, Birmingham, wanted to cause maximum carnage and it was "miraculous" that no one was killed.
But Khater claimed he came to London to find the Sudanese embassy to get a visa, "got lost" around Westminster and panicked.
The jury deliberated over two days before rejecting his explanation and finding him guilty of two charges of attempted murder.
Khater made no reaction as he was found guilty of the charges.
He'll be remanded in custody until he's sentenced on October 7.
Jenny Hopkins, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "It was only quick reactions and good luck that stopped Salih Khater killing anyone when he drove his car into cyclists and police officers outside Westminster.
"His driving was so precise and determined that it was difficult for skilled accident investigators to repeat the manoeuvre he carried out."
During the trial, prosecutor Alison Morgan QC said Khater's attack was "premeditated and deliberate".
The court heard how Khater was born in Sudan and was granted asylum in Britain in 2010 after claiming he had been tortured in his home country.
In the months before the attack, the defendant showed signs of "paranoia" about British authorities, it was claimed.
Pedestrian Paul Brown was crossing the road when Khater's car "came out of nowhere" and hit him, causing bruising and grazes.
Krystof Tokarski and Anya Breen were cycling to work and were waiting at traffic lights when Khater revved his engine and knocked them down.
Mr Tokarski suffered grazes and a broken little finger while Ms Breen was thrown over the bonnet, fracturing her collar bone.
Other people were trapped under their bikes.
© AAP 2019