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TV medium who stabbed daughters to use temporary insanity defence
Graham Bishop, the 58-year-old British man accused of stabbing his four-year-old twin daughters, appeared in court yesterday and pleaded not guilty. At a preliminary hearing, Bishop’s lawyer indicated that his client would point to temporary insanity in his defence.
“There is a likelihood that he was suffering from insanity at the time [of the attack],” the lawyer said.
According to B.T. tabloid, Bishop entered the courtroom on crutches, appearing bruised and battered from his self-inflicted wounds following last Sunday’s attack. Bishop, who moved to Denmark from England in 2000, was accompanied in court by an English-speaking interpreter. Bishop is a medium who has appeared on several Danish reality shows. He claims that he can communicate with spirits and that he often does so by being possessed by a spirit he calls 'Dr Karl'.
Bishop is accused of stabbing his daughters in Rigshospital’s paediatric centre on Sunday. One of the daughters was receiving long-term care at the facility. When police entered the room following the stabbing, Bishop reportedly stabbed himself in the stomach and jumped out of the window. Both girls are in a stable condition at Rigshospital, but are yet to wake up from their comas according to B.T.
According to Ekstra Bladet tabloid, Bishop’s wife, who is considerably younger than the one-time reality TV personality, had told him that she wanted a divorce, which caused him to carry out the attack.