The man who attacked Nine News journalist Sophie Walsh in London has been convicted of assault and will be sentenced in a London Crown Court.
Soofuue Yakr, 26, appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with possession of an offensive weapon, possession of a Class B drug and assault by beating.
He pleaded guilty to all counts.
It came after Yakr grabbed Walsh, who is Nine’s Europe Correspondent, while she was doing a live cross from London’s Hyde Park and made a stabbing motion to her while yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’.
Walsh ended the broadcast and cameraman Jason Conduit chased down the screwdriver-wielding attacker before police arrived to arrest him.
“Sorry, I just … I just had someone come up and try and … yeah. A man just came up and grabbed me. He’s not armed. A man just came up and grabbed me though,” Walsh said on air.
In court on Thursday Magistrate Nicholas Tarry told Yakr: “Your actions were extremely threatening, which put the reporter in fear of her safety and possibly in fear of her life.
“An offensive weapon was brandished, religious comments were made.
“This whole offence is too serious for the magistrates’ sentencing powers to be sufficient so we are sending this to the crown court.”
Yakr will be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court next Tuesday.