Northern Ireland

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.