Canada: Muslim who slit womans throat and said Allah commanded him to kill her found "not criminally responsible"



A university student has been found not criminally responsible for an attempt to kill a classmate who lived in his dormitory last year.

Thamer Hameed Almestadi was likely suffering from a brief psychotic episode when he attacked a fellow international student, a judge said Thursday. Almestadi told police at the time that he?d believed God commanded him to sacrifice her.

The Saudi Arabian national will be detained in custody at the forensic psychiatric hospital in Chilliwack.

Almestadi was 18 when he attacked University of British Columbia student Mary Hare in October 2016, the court heard during his trial. Accused of slitting Hare?s throat and attempting to choke her, he was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.

While the Saudi Arabian student pleaded not guilty to the charges, the court heard Almestadi say he just tried to kill somebody? in a three-hour police interview played during his trial.

During the interrogation, he told Sgt. Kevin Jeffrey that he thought in the moment that he thought she was the devil. He said he?d been overwhelmed with school work and hadn?t slept the night before.

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