The Berlin police have repeatedly reported the amok driver Gor H. to the social psychiatric service of the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district office in recent years. The service has dealt with the 29-year-old several times since 2014 because he was “mentally abnormal”, said the district councilor for youth and health, Detlef Wagner (CDU).
The last time this was the case was in early 2020. “According to our files, the man did not appear again with mental problems after that,” he said.
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According to information from the Tagesspiegel, the German-Armenian was then transferred to a psychiatric clinic. During a search of his apartment on Wednesday, the investigators found medication and a corresponding doctor’s letter from the clinic.
In 2020, it is said to have been about a so-called acute endangerment of self and others. What happened to the 29-year-old after that and how he was released from the clinic is not known. According to prosecutors, the man suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.
The social psychiatric service was first activated in 2014. At that time, a juvenile judge issued a warning for theft. In the following years there are said to have been further incidents, after which the police informed the district office about Gor H..
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The police are said to have been on several occasions due to domestic violence. H. lived with his mother and sister in Charlottenburg. It is not clear whether the man’s mental state has deteriorated over the years.
H. killed a teacher while driving amok on Kurfürstendamm and Tauentzienstraße on Wednesday, seriously injuring 14 students and a teacher as well as 17 other passers-by. At the request of the public prosecutor’s office, an investigating judge ordered the placement in a psychiatric ward on Thursday. Because of his mental illness, no pre-trial detention can be imposed.
17 cases of murder and attempted murder are being investigated against H. The public prosecutor assumes that H. committed the act intentionally, but that it is related to the illness. The investigators assume that a mental illness has led to the death trip. H. could thus be classified as not guilty from the point of view of the public prosecutor.
It is unclear why H. lost sight of the authorities after he was referred to the psychiatric clinic by the district office. “After that we’re out,” said Wagner. “We are always the first to intervene.” The social psychiatric service does not get any feedback as to what is being done with those affected. The social psychiatric service is not involved in the progress of the case and the treatment.