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Man Stabbed Sleeping Parents in the Eyes

By Iceland Review

A man was sentenced to security confinement in a psychiatric prison ward in Reykjavík District Court yesterday for having attacked his parents while they were sleeping in October 2010.


Reykjavík District Court.

He stabbed and his mother in the left eye with a screwdriver and his father just below the left eye in addition to hitting him in the head, having thrown a two-kilo pan at him, Morgunbladid reports.

The man was acquitted of the prosecution’s charge for attempted murder because the court considered it had not been proven that he had tried to kill his parents.

Psychiatrists and psychologists determined that the man had been non compos mentis and the court concluded that he had been unable to control his actions.

His psychiatric evaluation states that he exhibits the conditions for schizophrenia and that he has underlying symptoms of a split personality and psychosis. The evaluation concluded that he doesn’t see the world like most other people.

The verdict mentioned that after the attack the man sat down at the kitchen table and said: “This is for the Zyprex years,” referring to psychotropic medicine that he had to consume because of his mental illness. It was stated that the man had probably not taken his medicine before attacking his parents.

Both victims suffered injuries to their eyes. In the mother’s case, the mucous membrane and the eye muscle were torn. It is uncertain what the long-term effects will be. In the father’s case, a muscle was torn and a bone fractured. He is currently unable to work due to a headache.

In addition to being sentenced to security confinement, the man is also to pay his parents ISK 400,000 (USD 3,400, EUR 2,500) in damages. The legal costs of ISK 3 million (USD 26,000, EUR 19,000) will be covered by the state.

According to, the victims had tried to have their son admitted to a psychiatric institution because of his disease before the attack took place but their request was rejected.

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