A man accused of knifing three friends to death in a suspected terror attack was remanded in custody today following his first court appearance.
Khairi Saadallah, 25, faces three counts of murder and three of attempted murder.
He is accused of fatally stabbing James Furlong, 36, and his friends David Wails, 49, and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, 39, in Forbury Gardens, Reading, shortly before 7pm on June 20.
A further three people were taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries and have since been released from hospital.
Police commanders have branded the incident a terror attack.
Saadallah, of Basingstoke Road, Reading, did not enter a plea during the short hearing at Westminster Magistrates court on Monday.
Appearing by video link from Coventry Magistrates and wearing a blue face mask and prison issue grey tracksuit, he spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and that he lived in Reading.
Senior District Judge Emma Arbuthnot remanded him in custody to appear at the Old Bailey.
Post-mortem examinations showed that Mr Wails, Mr Furlong and Mr Ritchie Bennett died from single stab wounds.
Saadallah is also charged with attempting to murder their friend Stephen Young as well as Patrick Edwards and Nishit Nisudan, who were also sat in the park in a nearby group.
Mr Young needed 28 stitches after he was knifed once in his head while Mr Edwards was stabbed in the back and Mr Nisudan suffered wounds to his face and hand.
Prosecutor Jan Newbold said an off-duty policeman had witnessed the attack. She said: “He saw the incident and called 999.”
Saadallah was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on July 1.