Dutch experts rule out drugs in the case of Frenchman who killed dog

17th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

THE HAGUE, July 14, 2007 (AFP) - A Frenchman who stabbed his dog to death in Amsterdam had suffered a psychotic episode and was not under the influence of drugs, Dutch medical experts told the ANP news agency Monday.

THE HAGUE, July 14, 2007 (AFP) - A Frenchman who stabbed his dog to death in Amsterdam had suffered a psychotic episode and was not under the influence of drugs, Dutch medical experts told the ANP news agency Monday.

Psychiatric tests of the 28-year-old Frenchman, who used a knife and scissors to stab his dog to death last Friday, revealed that he had suffered a psychotic episode, a spokesman for the city's GGD medical service told ANP.

He had not eaten hallucinogenic mushrooms or smoked cannabis, as police has originally suspected, they said.

The case had further fuelled the ongoing debate over the safety of so-called "magic mushrooms", with some commentators calling for them to be banned.

Police found the man lying near his dead dog, covered in the animal's blood, in a van parked on the banks of one of the canals that run through the centre of city.

He told officers that he had killed his pet because he wanted to free the canine's animal spirit, ANP reported.

The question of a ban on the mushrooms has been backed by a majority in parliament since a 17-year-old French girl threw herself from an Amsterdam bridge last March after eating magic mushrooms.

Since the beginning of the year, 35 people have called Amsterdam emergency services after eating such mushrooms. Ninety percent were tourists, according to the GGD.


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