The man who kidnapped and injured two people in an armed rampage across Christchurch has admitted four charges after police dropped an attempted murder charge.
Name suppression lapsed for Zakariye Mohammed Hussein, a 27-year-old Somali refugee, who was unexpectedly called in Christchurch District Court on Tuesday, the Christchurch Court News website reported.
He pleaded guilty to weapons, kidnapping and assault charges.
He had been due to appear for a trial committal on later this month but entered guilty pleas to the charges after police withdrew a charge of attempting to murder a Christchurch City Council employee.
Judge Jane Farish remanded Hussein in custody for a pre-sentence report, victim impact reports and a further psychiatric report.
He will be sentenced on September 20.
In March, Hussein was shot twice by police in morning traffic as, armed with two knives, he attacked a council worker and got into a fight with a truck driver.
Earlier, he had kidnapped the female driver of a delivery van and driven her across the city.She was stabbed in the shoulder when she fought him and he jumped out in traffic.
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