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Pickaxe killer not fit for prison says psychiatrist

'Kabobo should be held on a psych ward pending trial'

20 January, 18:52
Pickaxe killer not fit for prison says psychiatrist (ANSA) - Milan, January 20 - A Ghanaian migrant who killed three people with a pickaxe last year is not mentally fit to be in prison and should be held in a psychiatric hospital pending trial, a forensic doctor told a Milan court Monday.

Mada 'Adam' Kabobo went on a rampage with a pickaxe at dawn on May 11, 2013, killing three passersby in an apparently random attack.

The 21-year-old was taken into custody shortly after the attacks in a residential area on the northern outskirts of Milan.

A Milan judge previously found that Kabobo knew what he was doing at the time of the rampage, even though he has been diagnosed as schizophrenic.

He reportedly told investigators he was hearing voices during the killing spree.

The young killer recently tried to strangle his cellmate in Milan's San Vittore prison, telling authorities he did it because he was hearing voices.

The court will discuss the forensic report on January 27, when it will decide whether to transfer Kabobo to a psychiatric ward pending a fast-track murder trial set to begin February 6.