Knife attacker admitted to psychiatric unit in France
A 26-year-old Belfast man who was ordered to be detained indefinitely in a secure facility in Northern Ireland has turned up in France.
In 2008, Lewis Alexander Mawhinney, who suffers from schizophrenia, was found not guilty by way of insanity of a knife attack.
His indefinite detention was ordered by a Belfast court after he attacked a work colleague at a call centre.
The circumstances of how he left Northern Ireland are unclear.
Last month, he was working as a German teacher in a college in southern Provence.
He made some peculiar comments to school staff including that he was a Scotland Yard detective. His colleagues contacted local police, who investigated his background.
The Foreign Office said it was aware that a British national has been hospitalised and were ready to provide consular assistance.