Man told police ‘I’m going to kill a Muslim’

A man told police he was going to “kill a Muslim… for Britain” before twice driving his van into an Indian restaurant, a court has heard.

On the evening of his drunken rampage, Marek Zakrocki had consumed two bottles of wine before getting into an argument with his wife and forcefully grabbing her arm.

He then left his north London home in Harrow, telling his wife and daughter that he was going to attack a religious building with the intention of harming Muslims, so they alerted the police.

An officer called him from his wife’s mobile phone and Zakrocki responded: “I’m going to kill a Muslim.

“I’m doing this for Britain. This is the way I am going to help the country.

“You people can’t do anything. I am going to do it my way because that is what I think is right.”

He was later spotted shouting “white power” by a group of people as he drove around a pedestrian zone, before driving to an Indian restaurant in Alexandra Parade.

When challenged by staff to move his van which he had parked outside the front, he replied: “Watch what I am going to do now.”

He drove at the restaurant owner who jumped out of the way, before twice reversing into the front of the establishment.

He was stopped by armed police and was found to be in possession of a kitchen knife and a baton-torch.

The 48-year-old was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Zakrocki told officers during an interview that he had no recollection of what happened on the evening of 23 June after drinking the wine, and that he was not a racist and did not wish to harm anyone.

The Polish national pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and assault on the first day of his trial at the Old Bailey on Monday and will be sentenced on 12 January.

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DC Georgina Acuna said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the witnesses and victims. Zakrocki was almost three times over the drink-driving limit and it was through pure good-fortune that no one was injured during his rampage.

“Hate crime, in all its forms, will not be tolerated and offenders such as Zakrocki will be brought to justice.”