BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
A court in Birmingham has declared Hassan Mustafa, 35, a former medical student innocent on grounds of insanity after he beheaded his friend in a betting shop.
Hassan Mustafa decapitated Khalid Yousef his former housemate with a knife before mutilating his face and one of his hands.
Jurors were invited to return a “special verdict” of not guilty of murder by reason of insanity, if they believed Mustafa did not know that what he was doing was wrong.
The court heard Mustafa, who is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, “believed he was killing a supernatural being rather than a human being” in a competition.
Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said the defendant and Mr Yousef were Sudanese nationals who sought asylum in the UK five years ago and had lived in Liverpool.
Mr Rees said 28-year-old Mr Yousef’s wounds suggested the mutilation had been “carried out with some skill” and could have reflected the training Mustafa received while studying medicine.
According to the prosecutor, they reassured jurors that if they found the defendant not guilty of murder by reason of insanity, he would not be released until he was no longer considered a danger.
“This was a horrific and unprovoked attack on a young man who had his whole life ahead of him. said Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, of West Midlands Police
“I would like to thank the staff at Paddy Power for their brave actions; I can’t imagine how terrified they were. Our thoughts also remain with Khalid’s family at this difficult time.” He added