A pizza delivery driver who beheaded his girlfriend while she was still alive ‘heard voices’ in his head, jurors were told.
Aras Hussein, aged 21, of Herries Road, Shirecliffe, Sheffield, claims to have believed he and 18-year-old Reema Ramzan had entered into a suicide pact together.
He admits the killing on the grounds of diminished responsibilty, but denies murder. Reema’s decapitated body was discovered in Hussein’s flat last June.
Jurors at Sheffield Crown Court were told Hussein, who arrived in the UK from Iraq as an asylum seeker when he was about 13, has declined to give evidence directly.
He has been assessed as suffering paranoid schizophrenia.
Karim Khalid, representing Hussein, read a report from consultant forensic psychiatrist Pauline Souflas, who assessed him at Rampton Hospital in March, when he gave an account of what he says happened on the day of the killing. Hussein said ‘voices’ told him to collect Reema from her home, and that the pair had made a suicide pact.
Hussein told Ms Souflas, ‘I heard voices in Kurdish, more than one voice, and they talked to each other. I said to Reema, ‘Let’s kill ourselves’. She did not say anything. She picked up two knives. Reema stabbed my chest, I stabbed her chest. I heard voices saying ‘police are watching you’.”
Giving evidence in court yesterday, Ms Souflas said she believed Hussein to be suffering from schizophrenia.
She said he told her he believed the police had been watching him on camera, and during his last assessment Hussein ‘appeared to have been occupied with internal voices or experiences’.
The court heard that, during his time on remand ahead of his trial, he spent at least two months mute and several weeks naked.
He is also said to have repeatedly smeared faeces over his prison cell and hospital rooms after hearing ‘commands’.
He has been observed ‘jumping around his room’.
The trial continues.