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Aylesbury mental health patient wounded man

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Image caption The attack happened in Bab's Food and Wine Store in Aylesbury last September

A mental health patient who stabbed a shop worker in the neck has been found guilty of wounding with intent but cleared of attempted murder.

Reading Crown Court heard David Clarke, 63, attacked Rushatharan Asok at Bab's Food and Wine Store in Buckingham Street, Aylesbury, last September.

Mr Azok was paralyzed down his left side and remains in hospital.

Clarke, of no fixed address, was at the time staying at a mental health centre. He is due to be sentenced next month.

The court heard Clarke had a personality disorder and was staying at the Whiteleaf mental health centre in Aylesbury.

'Just stabbed someone'

He was paranoid but was not on any medication and was free to come and go from the centre.

Shortly before the attack Clarke, who was about to be discharged, told a member of staff he felt he was being kicked out with nowhere else to go, the court was told.

CCTV images showed Clarke walking up to the counter in the shop to order some lager, then stabbing Mr Azok in the back of the neck with a kitchen knife as the shop worker bent down.

Clarke then appears to leave the store and walk down the street, before getting into a black taxi and returning to the Whiteleaf Centre - which is run by the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Once there, he spoke to another patient who told staff Clarke said he had "just stabbed someone", the court heard.

The Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust said in a statement: "It would not be appropriate to comment on the details of any individual's care.

"We do, however, have a robust process in place for planning the discharge of patients. This always includes risk assessments and agreeing with patients how we can best support them when they are back in the community."

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