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Samurai sword killer flees hospital

The Local · 2 Feb 2011, 16:18

Published: 02 Feb 2011 16:18 GMT+01:00

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Ranjithakumar Vallipuram, now 30, killed one woman and seriously injured three other worshippers in 2005 during a rampage with a samurai sword and a knife at the Christ Church Zuffenhausen, on the northern outskirts of Stuttgart. The victims were members of the local Tamil community.

Vallipuram, a Tamil from Sri Lanka, has fled from a psychiatric hospital in Bad Schussenried to which he was committed by a Stuttgart court that found he could not be tried because he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.

He left on an unaccompanied outing on Saturday morning and did not return, daily Stuttgarter Zeitung reported.

“That is not good news,” a member of the Tamil community told the paper.

The hospital’s medical director, Heiner Missenhardt, said Vallipuram did not pose an acute danger because the symptoms of his mental illness “completely faded away” some time ago. The outing from the hospital had been approved, Missenhardt said.

He had one week’s worth of schizophrenia drugs with him when he left the hospital. But without the medication, it was possible that his symptoms would return, Missenhardt said.

He had been permitted unaccompanied outings from the hospital for the past year-and-a-half.

He is described as 1.79 metres tall, dark-skinned with black hair, dark eyes and a beard. At the time of his escape, he was wearing a green cargo jacket, blue jeans and black cap.

The police suspect he may have run away out of fear of being deported.

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Missenhardt told the Stuttgarter Zeitung: “There was no deportation order, just an assessment by his lawyer that it soon could come to that.”

Vallipuram’s application for political asylum had been rejected before he carried out the rampage.

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17:51 February 2, 2011 by Landmine
Another loonie on the lose...
19:27 February 2, 2011 by DinhoPilot

Not funny though...
19:51 February 2, 2011 by nal
Most political asylum seekers from SL are Tiger terrorists. These people have been indoctrinated, brainwashed and trained to kill. They are like killing machines. They are addicted to killing and cannot be made normal again. They too are innocent victims of terrorism of course. Wherever they go, they kill. We have to sympathize with them.
20:00 February 2, 2011 by Frenemy
Maybe he disappeared in puff of smoke...

Ok but seriously, @nal its best to keep in mind that one man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter.

Although I am curious as to how the Tamil separatists think that a partition of the chunk of rock off the Indian sub-continent could ever be considered an independent state...
22:00 February 2, 2011 by nal
It's not just a chunk of rock. It's in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The LTTE had greater plans - first to conquer the north and the east of Sri Lanka, then there would be no maritime boundary between this and Tamil Nadu. With the help of Tamil Nadu they would in no time have conquered the rest of the island, and they wanted to become the superpower of the Indian Ocean. This was a military struggle in the guise of an ethnic one. I have heard that in the LTTE anthem, a reference to their being the superpower of the Indian Ocean in the past is made. The war went on for thirty years. All his life, this person referred to in the article has known only war - not the good and peaceful time that preceded it.
22:25 February 2, 2011 by Frenemy
Ok, but what about all the guys on Diego Garcia with big ships and big guns?

(I mean, I'm pretty sure they the US 5th fleet might have something to say about the whole "superpower of the Indian Ocean" thing...)
22:42 February 2, 2011 by finanzdoktor
What I find interesting is the hospital director's comments that: 1) He does not pose an acute danger because the symptoms of his mental illness ¦quot;completely faded away¦quot; some time ago; and 2) He had one week¦#39;s worth of schizophrenia drugs with him when he left the hospital. But without the medication, it was possible that his symptoms would return. In other words, he is an acute danger without taking his medication, so his mental illness has not completely faded away at all.
09:36 February 3, 2011 by freechoice
A Tamil who thinks he is a Japanese Ninja living in Deutschland.

This country is truely globalized...
15:07 February 3, 2011 by Johnne
It´s a pity, now he´s put tamils & Sri lankans in Germany in big trouble. Anyway..we´ll hear from Thilo & his wife soon.
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