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Friday, 2 June, 2000, 12:14 GMT 13:14 UK
Nude swordsman 'not guilty but insane'
St Andrew's Roman Catholic Church
Eleven worshippers were seriously injured
A naked man who attacked members of a church congregation with a Samurai sword is found not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity.

Eden Strang, 26, attacked worshippers at St Andrew's Roman Catholic Church in Thornton Heath, south London, because he believed they were demons.

Eleven churchgoers, including an elderly nun, were seriously injured when they were slashed with a sword and a knife.

Strang, 26, denied seven charges of attempted murder and six charges of assault.

At the Old Bailey on Friday he was found not guilty by reason of insanity and was sent to a secure hospital without limit of time.

Strang was overcome when worshippers tackled him with a crucifix and an organ pipe

He went to the church near his home in Brook Road on the morning of 28 November last year, believing the congregation was made up of demons who had taken on human forms.

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