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Messiah’ knife man is freed

PUBLISHED: 11:47 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:06 25 August 2010

A CRAZED knifeman who believed he was the Messiah and stabbed his best friend to free him from the devil is back on the streets and living just yards from his victim.

A CRAZED knifeman who believed he was the Messiah and stabbed his best friend to 'free him from the devil' is back on the streets and living just yards from his victim.

Giorgio Pin, 44, Stirling House, Simmonds Road, Woolwich, plunged a blade into Ernest Matheson's chest proclaiming: "We are one now."

His terrified friend miraculously survived serious injury because the knife struck his breast bone, snapped and fell to the floor.

Pin dialled 999 and told the operator: "I believe I am the Messiah...I did the job, but it should have killed him.

"He was turning in to the devil for a moment. I told him I loved him, put my arms round him and hugged him."

But Pin walked free from the Old Bailey despite admitting the attack.

After a two-day trial of issue Judge Gerald Gordon QC formally directed a jury to find Pin not guilty of attempting to murder Mr Matheson on the grounds of temporary insanity.

He was sentenced to a two-year community supervision order after the judge ruled 'punishment is not appropriate.'

Pin will now live around the corner from his victim even though Mr Matheson asked for his attacker to be re-housed elsewhere because he feared for his own safety and that of his son.


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