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Man 'killed in frenzied attack' in south-east London

A man with a history of mental illness killed his flatmate in a "frenzied" axe attack, a court has heard.

Abdullah Jama, 45, was found in Blackheath, south-east London, in May, the Old Bailey heard.

Ahmed Ali, 36, is accused of killing Mr Jama after leaving Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Greenwich in April.

Mr Ali has been deemed not fit to be tried for murder. It is for the jury to decide whether he carried out the act of killing the victim.

He had a history of mental illness and had been discharged from the Michael Castle Centre in Sheffield on 31 March.

'Panicky'

Mr Ali was admitted to hospital on 29 April, saying that he was tired and not taking medication.

Anthony Orchard, prosecuting, said: "Staff there tried to transfer him to Sheffield. However, at 7pm that evening, following a telephone conversation, Mr Ali left the hospital.

"It was believed that he was leaving the hospital to catch a bus to go to a cousin's address."

Mr Jama suffered multiple injuries to his neck, the court heard.

Now diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, Mr Ali told a doctor, after being arrested, that he was hearing voices which made him "panicky".

A pair of trousers found at the property, containing the defendant's DNA, were spattered with the victim's blood, Mr Orchard added.

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