Student pleads guilty to stabbing Muslim cabbie in New York

Michael Enright pleaded guilty to attempted murder as a hate crime for stabbing a Muslim, New York City taxi driver.

Reuters June 12, 2013
Enright, 24, faces 9.5 years in prison.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK: A film student pleaded guilty to attempted murder as a hate crime on Tuesday for stabbing a New York City taxi driver in what prosecutors said was an anti-Muslim attack.

Michael Enright, 24, faces 9.5 years in prison when he is sentenced later this month.

After hailing a taxi in Manhattan one evening in August 2010, Enright asked the driver, Ahmed Sharif, whether he was a Muslim, according to prosecutors.

When Sharif replied that he was, Enright slashed Sharif's throat with a knife, stabbed at his face, arms and hands and yelled anti-Muslim comments, prosecutors said.

Sharif survived the attack, and later he appeared with Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a news conference where he said he believed he was stabbed only because of his religion.

He was left with permanent scars on his face, neck and arm, prosecutors said.

"The victim, a native of Bangladesh and the father of four children, has been working and living in our diverse city for nearly three decades," Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement following Enright's hearing in state Supreme Court in Manhattan.

"There is no place for bigotry in New York City," he said.

Enright, from Brewster, New York, pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted murder as a hate crime and a charge of assault as a hate crime. He is due to be sentenced on June 25.

A defense attorney for Enright did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Earlier, Enright's defense had said he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder following a trip to Afghanistan.


Just Think | 8 years ago | Reply

Every Pakistani and particularly Muslims should think twice before commenting here . They should realize what they have done to their countries , specially towards their minorities before pointing fingers . Saudi , the flag bearer and Other islamic countries doesn't allow non-muslims to preach their religion , but very same people go to Western democracies and shout "Sharia for UK". Fact is USA has taught us How the modern countries should be towards their citizens and How the countries should follow their self-interests realigning their political and foreign ties . But here in Islamic countries , one country erupts into chaos when in another country , non-muslims commit something against muslims , without giving it a thought . Love for so called Ummah remain there always in air , as if they have bonding of soul . But very same people don't stand up when their own communities kill each other . What this community needs is to grow up and to have pinch of patriotic ion along with iodine salt every day.Otherwise you will always be there at same point and others will come from your behind and will leave you behind.

gp65 | 8 years ago | Reply @Syed Asad: "christian extremism at its peak" First of all you assume he is Christian - maybe he is an atheist. Anyway, even if it is a Christian, unless he stabbed the Muslim driver because that he what he was encouraged to do in the Church that he went to by his pastor, it does not qualify as Christian extremism.
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