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Man denies trying to murder Muslim doctor as he left the mosque

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Man denies trying to murder Muslim doctor as he left the mosque
Nasser Kurdy was stabbed outside a mosque (Picture: PA)

A man has admitted wounding a Muslim surgeon with a knife outside a mosque but denied attempted murder.

Ian Rooke, 29, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to consultant Dr Nasser Kurdy and to having an offensive weapon, a knife, in public.

Mr Kurdy, 58, was attacked outside Altrincham Islamic Centre, Hale, Cheshire around 6pm on September 17.

Rooke entered his guilty pleas as he appeared at Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester by videolink from HMP Manchester.

Man denies trying to murder Muslim doctor as he left the mosque
Ian Rook denied attempted murder (Picture: Cavendish Press)
Man denies trying to murder Muslim doctor as he left the mosque
He had just left the Altrincham Islamic Centre (Picture: LNP)

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He pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempting to murder Mr Kurdy, a father-of-three from a Syrian Jordanian family who has worked as a doctor in the UK since 1977.

His work has included treating victims of the Manchester Arena bombing in May.

Rooke will go before a jury to face the attempted murder charge in a trial scheduled to begin on March 12.

Judge John Potter remanded Rooke into custody until the trial begins.

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