LONDON (Reuters) - A Samurai sword-wielding man who killed a British councilor who had intervened to rescue his MP boss escaped a life sentence on Thursday but was instead committed indefinitely to a secure hospital.
Robert Ashman, 52, was convicted in April of trying to kill Nigel Jones, the Liberal Democrat MP for the West Country town of Cheltenham, in an "explosion of violence" at his offices three years ago.
He also admitted the manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility of Jones' 39-year old assistant, Andrew Pennington, a local councilor who had leapt to the politician's aid.
Mrs Justice Heather Hallett said she had to follow the unanimous advice of psychiatrists that Ashman suffered from a delusional disorder.
She added that he would only be released in the future if the Home Secretary or a tribunal headed by a judge were satisfied that he no longer posed a risk to the public.
"I cannot foresee a time when you will be safely released into the community," she added.
Jones escaped after suffering serious injuries to his hands as he tried to fend off Ashman's two-foot-long sword. The attacker then turned on Pennington, stabbing him six times.
Ok, what other comments can i make besides "Damn?" I mean it's not everyday that someone decides to pretend he's in feudal Japan and go medieval or samurai on someones ass. *
OK seriously, does anyone really believe that he'll be cured enough to not go after people with sharp objects? After all, to quote Kung-Pow, "Killing is wrong. And bad. There should be a new, stronger word for killing. Like badwrong, or badong. Yes, killing is badong. From this moment, I will stand for the opposite of killing: gnodab."
Thank you and good night :D
* Chock full of stereotypes. Yes i apologize :P