"Evil Spirit" Blamed for U.K. Murder

After neighbours called emergency servicesto the Hertfordshire home shared by a 43-year-old Iranian man and his disabled mother last October 5,  police found Mohammud Badvie behaving in a "very bizarre fashion."   They also found the corpse of his mother, 69-year-0ld Badri Badir, who had apparently been dead for some time.   An investigation determined that she had died of blunt force trauma to the head with post-mortem wounds suggesting that her son had continued battering her after her death.

Authorities were already well-acquainted with Mohammud Badvie who had been picked up by paramedics just four days previously over reports of bizarre behaviour, including doing naked handstands.   While Badvie had reportedly suffered from mental illness for years, his condition had dramatically worsened in March of 2013.    The Iranian-born Badvie had been discharged from hospital with no urgent referral order and only a small supply of psychiatric medication.   The murder occurred shortly afterward.

Appearing in court this July, Badvie pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility.  According to his lawyer, Badvie blamed the murder on an evil spirit that "had been sent to the home causing unnatural things to happen and that evil spirit possessed his mother and also possessed the defendant.  The defendant described to the medical experts a number of psychotic symptoms - hearing noises in the roof at night attributed to evil spirits; a plate apparently moving across the table. He said the attack had been carried out in order to get the evil spirit from his mother."  

An internal inquiry also addressed how Badvie, who was known to have a history of mental illness, could be allowed to be the sole caregiver of his mother.  Not only had she been partially disabled for nine years due to a stroke but she may also  have been in the early stages of dementia.   While the family physician, social agencies, and the police had all been involved with the case, Badvie remained unsupervised.

In commenting Badri Badir's death, Judge Peter Rook told Badvie that:  "Your family described you as having been close to your mother. I accept that. However, you have to accept responsibility for carrying out this terrible attack causing her serious injuries leading to her death. It is accepted at the time you were suffering from paranoid psychosis.   Although the various consultant psychiatrists who examined you have not all agree as to the precise diagnosis, they all agree you were suffering from such a recognised condition.   Clearly it is regrettable that when you were seen four days before this terrible episode you were not given the appropriate diagnosis of anti-psychotic medication and further more you were not referred elsewhere.   You were suffering from severe psychotic symptoms characterised by paranoid delusions including your mother had sent an evil spirit - the jin." 

Judge Rook has issued a detention order placing Badvie in a psychiatric hospital indefinitely.

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