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Man who stabbed stranger in Birmingham park given hospital order

Waverhill Park, Handsworth Image copyright Google
Image caption Umesh Parekh, 34, was fatally stabbed in Waverhill Park in June

A man who stabbed and killed a stranger in a park has been given an indefinite hospital order.

Umesh Parekh, 34, was stabbed in Waverhill Park, Handsworth, Birmingham on 19 June last year.

Ranjit Singh, 41, stabbed Mr Parekh in the chest with a knife during an argument about an invitation to visit a temple, West Midlands Police said.

Singh, of no fixed address, admitted manslaughter and was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on 17 March.

Police station confession

Police said Singh had later admitted he was in a state of mind where he would attack anyone who posed a threat to him.

At the time he was hearing voices telling him to kill and sometimes thought he was in a Bollywood movie, they added.

Singh was arrested for the murder on 21 June last year after walking into West Bromwich police station and confessing.

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He was given a full mental health assessment and later sectioned.

After a psychiatric assessment, the court heard that at the time of the attack he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, police said.

Singh was sentenced to an indefinite hospital and restriction order, under Section 41 of the Mental Health Act.

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