Birmingham & Black Country

Liban Awad detained after killing father in Small Heath

A mentally ill man who fatally stabbed his father has been made the subject of an indefinite hospital order.

Liban Awad, 31, attacked his father Ahmed Mohammed at his home in Small Heath, Birmingham, in the early hours of 25 September, 2011.

Mr Mohammed, 56, died six days after the "frenzied attack", police said.

Awad, of Shepherd's Bush, west London, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility in February.

Mr Mohammed had been taken to hospital with serious stab wounds and a head injury.

Awad, of Curwen Road, was made the subject of a hospital order at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday and will be detained in London.

'Drinking heavily'

Det Sgt Harry May said: "There are no winners today. The judge has issued a hospital order with restrictions, which will mean that Liban Awad will stay in a secure mental health establishment for many years to come.

"After a failed arranged marriage in Dubai in 2004, Liban's mental health started to deteriorate and he started drinking heavily and using stimulants.

"His behaviour became intolerable for the family and it became untenable for him to live in the same household."

Mr May said after moving out of the family home, Awad moved to Southampton and then into a hostel but was evicted after attempting to burn the building down.

The officer added Awad had only been living with his father in Birmingham for three weeks when he suffered an episode of "mental torment" and violently attacked him.

"Our thoughts remain with the family at this sad time," Mr May added.

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