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Mentally ill son sentenced for killing his father

November 16, 2012, 3:59 pm

A mentally ill son who killed his father has been made subject of a hospital order.

Liban Awad had previously pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 56-year-old Ahmed Mohammed on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The 31-year-old was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court today (15 November).

The court heard how Awad stabbed his father in a frenzied attack at his home address on Glovers Road in Small Heath in the early hours of 25 September 2011.

Mr Mohammed was taken to hospital and was treated for serious stab wounds and a head injury; he died of his injuries 11 days later on 6 October 2011.

Detective Sergeant Harry May, the senior investigating officer, said:

“There are no winners today; the judge has issued a hospital order with restrictions, which will mean that Liban Awad will stay in a secure mental health establishment for many years to come.

“After a failed arranged marriage in Dubai in 2004, Libans mental health started to deteriorate and he started drinking heavily and using stimulants.

“His behaviour became intolerable for the family and it became untenable for him to live in the same household.

“He moved out of the family home and moved to Southampton for a while. He then moved into a hostel, where he was evicted after attempting to burn it down.

“The family were at a loss as to what to do for the best for Liban, so a decision was made that he would best placed living with his father in Birmingham.

“Liban therefore came up to Birmingham to live with his father three weeks prior to his death. Things were ok at first, however Liban unfortunately suffered an episode of mental torment when he violently attacked and killed his father.

“Our thoughts remain with the family at this sad time.”

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