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Mentally ill man admits Finsbury Park axe attack

A man suffering from paranoid schizophrenia has been detained indefinitely after he admitted to attacking a stranger with an axe.

Marcin Dzioba, 26, was sitting on a bench in Finsbury Park, north London, last December when Thomas O'Connell, 26, hit him on the head with the axe.

The head injuries were so severe a part of the victim's brain was visible, the Old Bailey heard.

O'Connell, of Green Lanes, Haringey, admitted attempted murder.

The court ordered for him to be detained indefinitely in a psychiatric hospital.

The court heard Mr O'Connell had not been taking his medication for up to six months before the assault.

'Miracle' recovery

The day before the attack on Mr Dzioba, O'Connell's mother had called the police after he threatened her.

The court heard the attacker warned a passer-by who came to help the victim saying: "Run boy, I am going to get you like I got him."

Mr Dzioba was likely to suffer from some brain damage, prosecutor Philip Bennetts, QC, said.

Judge Timothy Pontius said: "It was nothing short of a miracle that this man survived at all.

"It is nothing short of a tragedy and tragic that he has been left with such grievous disability."

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