Student Accused of Stabbing Muslim Cabbie Denied Bail
Monday, September 13, 2010
A city film student accused of stabbing a cab driver because he was Muslim was temporarily denied bail on Monday. A judge says he'll make a decision about Michael Enright's bail application at his Septebmer 22 arraignment.
Enright's attorney told the judge the cabbie's injuries were minor.
Defense attorney Lawrence Fisher insisted his client should be released from a psych ward at Bellevue Hospital because he suffers from post traumatic stress disorder from his time shooting a film in Afghanistan, and from alcoholism.
Enright, 21, was a student at the School of Visual Arts and attacked Ahmed Sharif with a folding knife on August 24. Enright told the driver, "Consider this a checkpoint," before slicing his neck.
He's charged with attempted murder and assault, both as hate crimes.