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'Terminator' Tube machete attacker found guilty of attempted murder

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A machete-wielding attacker who hacked at a commuter on the London Underground in scenes likened to the Terminator film has been found guilty of attempted murder.

Passengers toppled over each other as they fled through carriages when Ricky Morgan, 34, launched an unprovoked assault on businessman James Porritt, the trial had heard.

Giving evidence the victim, who suffered a severe injury to his hand, said it was like a “horror movie” and the Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi film.

Morgan denied attempted murder on grounds of insanity but was found guilty by a jury at the Old Bailey after two days of deliberations.

He was also convicted of possessing a machete and a lock knife.

Morgan, 34, was heard to tell horrified onlookers: “This is not a terror attack, I only want him.”

Describing the attack, Mr Porritt said: “He was like a machine. It was like that movie Terminator.

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“But it seemed very focused and relentless, and he was just hell-bent on doing what he was doing.

“I’ve got nothing left now. I don’t know how I escaped.

“I just knew, fight or flight. I just ran for my life. It was like a stampede, people were terrified.”

Prosecutor Grace Ong had told jurors that Mr Porritt and Morgan were complete strangers.

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