Harrison attacker detained indefinitely

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A deluded fan who tried to kill musician George Harrison and his wife was ordered to be detained indefinitely in a secure psychiatric hospital.

A deluded fan who tried to kill musician George Harrison and his wife was ordered to be detained indefinitely in a secure psychiatric hospital.

Michael Abram, 34, was found not guilty due to insanity of two counts of attempted murder after Oxford Crown Court heard he was a paranoid schizophrenic who did not know he was doing wrong at the time of the attack.

Mr Justice Astill described the incident as a "horrifying attack" and ordered Abram be sent to the hospital "without time restriction".

Armed with a knife, an electrical flex, a table lamp and a pole from a broken statue, Abram rampaged through the former Beatle's mansion in Henley-on-Thames, claiming he was on a "mission from God" to murder Harrison, aged 57, and his wife Olivia on December 30 last year.

The court was told that he stabbed the guitarist at least 10 times before battering him with the table lamp and threatening to kill Mrs Harrison, aged 52, with the flex.

Yesterday the jury was told in Harrison's own words how he feared he was about to die as his attacker plunged a knife into his chest puncturing his lung.

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