A Somalian refugee today admitted going on a frenzied knife-wielding rampage across Christchurch that only ended when he was shot by police.
Zakariye Mohamed Hussein, 27, today pleaded guilty to kidnapping and stabbing Christchurch delivery driver Marteine Robin and a city council worker in a shock appearance at Christchurch District Court.
Name suppression was also lifted on the man who stunned the city with his violent March 15 attacks.
Hussein has been in Hillmorton psychiatric hospital in Christchurch since recovering from his gunshot wounds and was earlier deemed fit to plead to the original charges.
He was not due back in court until later this month.
But today, he appeared in the dock, flanked by a psychiatric nurse and a police officer to accept his guilt.
With a soft-spoken voice, he said "guilty'' to each of the charges _ unlawful possession of a knife, kidnapping, and intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Police withdrew a charge of attempting to kill the city council worker he kidnapped.
Judge Jane Farish remanded him in custody at Hillmorton until his sentence date of September 20. She also called for a further psychiatric report, pre-sentence report, and victim impact reports.
Defence counsel Alister Davis did not seek for his client's name suppression order to be continued.
Hussein, wearing a black jersey and with his left arm in a sling, remained expressionless as he left the court.
- APNZBy Kurt Bayer @KurtBayerAPNZ Email Kurt