Schiz­o­phrenic locked up af­ter be­head­ing an 82-year-old woman in north Lon­don

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A 25-year-old para­noid schiz­o­phrenic who be­headed an el­derly woman dur­ing a 45-minute rampage through Lon­don back gar­dens was on Tues­day found not guilty of mur­der by rea­son of in­san­ity and locked up in­def­i­nitely.

Ni­cholas Salvador, a six-foot-tall cage fighter, be­lieved that 82-yearold Palmira Silva was Nazi leader Adolf Hitler or a de­mon when he stabbed her re­peat­edly be­fore cut­ting off her head and hold­ing it aloft.

The ran­dom at­tack took place last Septem­ber in Ed­mon­ton, north Lon­don, where Salvador went on a rampage while stay­ing with friends liv­ing three doors away from Silva.

He armed him­self with a wooden pole and a ma­chete and killed two of his hosts’ cats be­fore run­ning through back gar­dens on the street, kick­ing down neigh­bors’ doors.

Silva, an Ital­ian-born cafe owner, had ap­proached Salvador over the wall of her gar­den when she was bru­tally mur­dered.

Salvador was Tasered six times by po­lice be­fore they could bring him un­der con­trol, and af­ter­ward was recorded re­peat­ing phrases like “red is the color” and “I am the king” over and over again.

He de­nied mur­der by rea­son of in­san­ity, a plea the jury ac­cepted.

His trial heard that two psy­chia- trists had agreed he was suf­fer­ing from para­noid schizophre­nia, and pros­e­cu­tors con­ceded that he was “a very sick man.”

Act­ing as the judge, recorder Ni­cholas Hil­liard gave Salvador a hos­pi­tal or­der, which is ex­pected to see him con­tinue treat­ment at the high-se­cu­rity Broad­moor hos­pi­tal where he is cur­rently be­ing held.

“It is es­tab­lished be­yond any doubt that you killed Mrs. Silva in an at­tack of ex­tra­or­di­nary bru­tal­ity and fe­roc­ity,” Hil­liard told the de­fen­dant.

“You thought you were en­coun­ter­ing some de­monic force which had taken on a hu­man form. You could not have been more de­luded.”

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