A Syrian refugee who allegedly stabbed two adults and four children in a French park has been transferred to a psychiatric hospital. Abdalmasih H., 32, was charged with attempted murder and held in a suicide watch cell after allegedly attacking the victims on the shores of Lake Annecy, close to France’s border with Switzerland. The French authorities currently have no explanation for the attack.
Local media report that witnesses heard him “mention his wife and daughter and pronounce the name Jesus Christ” during the attack. He also repeated the instruction “kill me” at the start of his custody.
Syrian authorities told the French authorities that Abdalmaisih left Syria illegally in December 2012 to go to Turkey.
Abdalmaisih’s partner in Sweden claims he was traumatised by his past experiences as a soldier in Syria and became paranoid.
Providing testimony to the French court, she said: “During his compulsory military service in the town of Al-Hasaka, in north-eastern Syria, Daesh (ISIS) attacked and killed his group before his very eyes.”
She added: “He thought that the Swedish government was plotting against him, that they were watching him.
“I think it came from his military service in Syria, where he spent months moving from one town to another to escape death… I think the person I knew no longer exists.”
The suspect has now been moved from Aiton prison in Savoie to Vinatier psychiatric hospital in Bron, sources close to the case confirmed yesterday.
His partner claims the suspect was smuggled into Sweden after going across the sea and then through Greece. In Sweden he obtained refugee status and gave birth to a girl in 2020, she said.
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