(Web Desk) – Adrian Brown, a 38-year-old, who repeatedly stabbed a Muslim train passenger on December 12 of last year, has been found not guilty of attempted murder for being schizophrenic, reported BBC.
Brown, who was detained on the orders of Judge Deborah Taylor QC after the attempted murder of Muhammed Ali on a London Overground after yelling: “I want to kill all the Muslims”, has been released by the jury by reason of insanity.
The jury following a two-day trial at Southwark Crown Court concluded that Brown was experiencing a ‘severe psychotic episode’ when he stabbed Ali. Brown, of south-east London, appeared via video link from Broadmoor Hospital during the hearing.
He was also found not guilty of possession of an offensive weapon and of assault by beating of Ali because of the same reason of insanity.
The trial heard that the 38-year-old schizophrenic had been delusional in his belief of ‘saving humanity’ by exorcising a Muslim demon that was haunting him.
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According to BBC, the court was told that before holding a knife to the throat of another woman, Brown was heard saying: “Where are all the Muslims? I am going to kill all the Muslims”. The woman was unhurt.
Brown accepted carrying out the attack but pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted murder on the grounds of mental sickness.
Ali was travelling back home with his wife when the assault took place. He told the court that the attack had left him too frightened to leave his house.
“I struggle to sleep at the time because every time I shut my eyes I have flashbacks to the whole thing. I can only assume it was me because my wife was wearing a headscarf”, he said.
Detaining Brown indefinitely under section 37 of the Mental Health Act, Judge Taylor said: “You have a long history of psychotic illness and on that day you were suffering and you continue to suffer from paranoid schizophrenia.”
“There s no doubt that if it had not been for the prompt intervention of an off-duty police officer and two medical practitioners that he may well have died such were the severity of his injuries and the loss of blood.”