A man who admitted to murdering three men in a UK park in June 2020 has been sentenced to life imprisonment for what a judge says was an attack with a "terrorist connection".
Khairi Saadallah, 26, pleaded guilty in November at the Old Bailey court to the murders of James Furlong, 36, David Wails, 49, and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, 39, in November.
He also pleaded guilty to three attempted murders when he injured Stephen Young, 51, Patrick Edwards, 29, and Nishit Nisudan, 34, during the attack.
In the sentencing hearing on Monday, Justice Sweeney told the court he was sure that each killing "involved a substantial degree of premeditation or planning, and that each was done for the purpose of advancing a political, religious, or ideological cause".
He dismissed claims Saadallah was suffering a mental illness at the time of the murders after the killer was assessed by psychiatrists.
"I have no doubt that the defendant is a dangerous offender," the judge said.
"For the avoidance of doubt, I conclude that all six offences had a terrorist connection."
Sweeney added that the "seriousness" of the murders was aggravated by Saadallah's previous offences, including two for racially or religiously aggravated harassment, eight for offences of violence and two for the possession of a knife or bladed article.
Saadallah was also handed 24 years in jail for each attempted murder, which he will serve concurrently.
Furlong, Wails and Ritchie-Bennett were enjoying a warm Saturday evening when they were attacked at Forbury Gardens park in Reading, a town of 200,000 people 64km west of London.
History teacher Furlong and Ritchie-Bennett, a US citizen, were each stabbed once in the neck while scientist Wails was stabbed once in the back.
All three were declared dead at the scene.
Afterwards, the police called the stabbings a terror attack.
The parents of Wails previously described him as a much-loved son, brother and uncle who never hurt anyone in his life.
The family of Ritchie-Bennett, who was originally from Philadelphia in the US, said they were "heartbroken" over his death.
Furlong was described as "beautiful, intelligent, honest and fun" by his parents.