Basel man who killed 1, injured 7 others, judged unfit for trial

Wild car ride in 2012 followed escape from psychiatric ward

BASEL, SWITZERLAND – A 28-year-old man who 13 March 2012 killed a cyclist and injured seven others, two of them critically, is unfit to stand trial, the pubic prosector in Basel says, and he should be given therapeutic treatment with reviews of his case every five years to see if he is able to be tried.

The prosecutor for the city has now closed his investigation and is making recommendations to the criminal court, which will decide if the man is unfit and what therapeutic measures should be taken.

The man, who suffers from a personality disorder and paranoid schizophrenia, according to the prosecutor’s office, escaped from the university hospital psychiatric ward where he was being treated, and he forced the driver of a car out of the veheicle before driving off erratically. He drove towards the centre of the city, along tram lines and on sidewalks, hitting eight people before he was stopped.

If the man is found by the court to not be responsible for his own actions and therefore not tried, his detention could be extended indefinitely, for life.