Reading suspect Khairi Saadallah charged with three counts of murder

Reading suspect Khairi Saadallah charged with three counts of murder

A man has been charged with stabbing three men to death during a knife attack in Reading.

Khairi Saadallah, 25, was charged with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder, Thames Valley Police said.

James Furlong, 36, and his friends David Wails and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett died after the incident in the Berkshire town’s Forbury Gardens shortly before 7pm on June 20.

Saadallah, from Reading, is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

A further three people were taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries and have since been released from hospital.

The attack was declared as a terrorism incident by Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, senior national co-ordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, and Counter Terrorism Policing South East continues to lead the investigation.

The charges came as the town hosted a vigil in memory of the victims at 7pm – when last Saturday’s attack started.

Members of the families of David Wails, Joseph Ritchie-Bennett and James Furlong were among those attending the private event in the Berkshire town’s Market Place later this evening.

Following short speeches by local officials, relatives were the first to lit candles in their memory.

Afterwards, the small group of grieving loved ones embraced in a huddle for a few moments, before speaking and laughing together.

Home Secretary Priti Patel joined a host of representatives from the Reading community in also lighting candles.

Reading Borough Council reassured those affected by the attack that they will hold in-person remembrance events in the future when social distancing allows.

They have also opened an online book of condolence for people to pay tributes to the three men.

Council leader Jason Brock said: ‘There is an overwhelming sense of grief within the Reading community about last Saturday’s tragic events.

‘The council and public are united in their desire to mourn the victims and appropriately remember them.

‘We are encouraging people to pay their respects with us online on Saturday evening, and also to mourn and contribute via the book of condolence and supporting the #ReadingTogether fund.’