A MAN who attempted to murder his father after ‘God told him to do it’ has received a hospital order after being found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Ibtisam Thanvi stabbed Sameeul Thanvi in the neck and abdomen, causing the abdomen content to protrude out, on August 20, 2021 in Slough.

The 26-year-old had a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the incident and was later arrested and detained under the Mental Health Act 1983, a trial at Reading Crown Court heard.

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At the same court on Wednesday (November 8), Judge Sarah Campbell handed him a Section 37 hospital order and a Section 41 restriction order meaning he could only be discharged if the Secretary of State for Justice agreed.

Sentencing, Her Honour said: “I understand you would not have committed this offence if you weren’t unwell and I understand you are sorry.”

During the trial, the jury heard that Thanvi had previously been sectioned in 2020 and was placed on depot antipsychotic injections.

However, he stopped taking the injections due to the side effects, blaming them on failing a university exam, and was sectioned again in February 2021 after attempting to strangle his brother.

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Thanvi was arrested but no further action was taken due to the lack of family support. The court heard Thanvi has no previous convictions or cautions.

On the day of the incident, Thanvi had been discharged from Wexham Park Hospital after his father feared his health was deteriorating.

He later stabbed his father at about 9pm, later telling a mental health practitioner: “I felt in my mind that God told me to kill him, that was my objective today.”

It was noted he also appeared ‘detached from reality’ and was speaking in an American accent.

During the trial, a psychiatrist confirmed Thanvi had a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia but stated a more suitable diagnosis was one of schizoaffective disorder.

The court heard that after the stabbing, Thanvi’s father made a full recovery after two surgical operations and that the relationship between the two has been ‘fortunately repaired’.

Mr Thanvi provided no witness statement for the prosecution, stating he and the family feel ‘let down’ by the mental health services.

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Thanvi, of Sandford Road in Littlemore, will now be sent to a mental health centre. He will need a mental health tribunal before being released to assess if there are any conditions that need to be put in place to help protect the public.