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Man detained for killing London flatmate with axe

A psychiatric patient who killed his flatmate in a "frenzied" axe attack is to be detained indefinitely.

Ahmed Ali hit Abdullah Jama, 45, 15 times with the weapon at the flat they shared in Blackheath, south-east London, the Old Bailey was told.

Jurors heard Ali, 36, had been released from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Greenwich days earlier.

He was deemed unfit to be tried on the charge of murder but a jury found him responsible for the killing in May.

Judge Peter Rook told Ali, who appeared via videolink from Sheffield Crown Court: "A jury has now found that you killed Abdullah Jama. It is quite clear to me that you are seriously mentally ill."

Ali was arrested soon after his victim's body was found in the flat in Chiswell Square on 4 May.

A pair of trousers found at the property containing Ali's DNA were spattered with the victim's blood.

He told a doctor he was hearing voices that were going to harm him, making him "panicky".

The court heard he had been discharged from the Michael Castle Centre in Sheffield, where he had been receiving treatment, on 31 March.

He is understood to have said he was going to visit family in London but was admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in a "distressed state" on 29 April.

Sharp-edged weapon

Anthony Orchard, prosecuting, said: "Staff there tried to transfer him to Sheffield. However, at 7pm that evening, following a telephone conversation, Mr Ali left the hospital.

"It was believed that he was leaving the hospital to catch a bus to go to a cousin's address."

Days later Mr Jama was found dead inside the locked flat.

Mr Orchard said: "Mr Jama had suffered multiple injuries to his neck in what appeared to be a frenzied attack.

"The injuries had been caused by a sharp-edged weapon, almost certainly a small axe."

Ali has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and is being treated at a unit in Sheffield.

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