Escaped Irish schizophrenic knifeman detained in France

2nd February 2011, Comments 1 comment

French officials said Wednesday they had sacked an Irishman from his teaching job after learning he was a schizophrenic who escaped from a clinic where he was interned for a knife attack.

Lewis Alexander Mawhinney, 26, began teaching German in a high school in the southern Provence town of Digne-les-Bains last month and there had been no complaints about him, local education officials said.

But suspicions were aroused when the young man started saying he was a secret agent working for Scotland Yard.

Police were alerted and discovered that Mawhinney was in 2008 found not guilty but insane by a court in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on a charge of wounding a man with a knife with intent to do him grievous bodily.

He escaped from the psychiatric hospital where he was interned and travelled to France.

Officials said Mawhinney was now in a psychiatric unit in Digne-les-Bains while waiting to be sent back to Northern Ireland.

© 2011 AFP

1 Comment To This Article

  • colin mc cartan posted:

    on 3rd February 2011, 21:03:32 - Reply

    this is a friend of mines who disappeared start of dec 2010 everything in the article describes him exactly from coming from lisburn to studying in oxford, he dissapeared without letting anyone know where he was goin to or anything i have a few photos, is there any way you could get a description of him or get in touch with him??