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Forest Hill man detained indefinitely to secure hospital after frenzied attack on Muslim man

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A 38-year-old man has been detained in a secure hospital following an incident in which he stabbed a man six times. 

Adrian Brown, of Brockley Rise, Forest Hill, appeared before Southwark Crown Court on Monday for a two day trial where he faced charges of attempted murder, assault by beating and possession of an offensive weapon.

The court heard that on 12 December 2016, Brown, had suffered a severe mental health breakdown before boarding a train at Honor Oak Park.

He had boarded the London Overground service and had begun walking up and down the train, threatening passengers he thought were Muslim with a knife. 

As he made his way through the train carriages, he launched at a man and stabbed him in the head and body. The court heard how the actions of an off duty nurse and an off duty doctor may have saved the victim’s life.

Brown was arrested at Forest Hill station and accepted he had carried out the attack but pleaded not guilty to the charges on the grounds of insanity.

Today (Tuesday) the jury, made up of three men and nine women, found Brown not guilty by reason of insanity.


Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson said: “This was a serious assault on a man in broad daylight. 

“A secure hospital is the correct place for Brown to receive the treatment that he requires. 

“Thankfully his actions did not prove to be life threatening or fatal for the victim – mainly thanks to the quick actions of fellow passengers in saving his life - and he has made a full recovery.”

Notes to Editor

Brown was detained indefinitely under section 37 of the Mental Health Act and was given an order under section 41 of the Mental Health Act - meaning he can only ever be released from hospital on the order of a judge or Secretary of State.

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