A man who stabbed his elderly father to death and then stabbed two young children trying to take their life to spare them from “torture and crucifixion” is now facing being locked up indefinitely in a mental hospital.

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Suluk Ahmed, 32, worked as an administrator at St Mary’s Hospital in London but became paranoid that he was being bullied and persecuted at work by his manager who he also thought was hacking his computer and that the manager wanted to blow him up.

Ahmed became so out of touch with reality that he ended his marriage believing that his wife was in “cahoots” with the manager.

He left his job just weeks before murdering 79-year-old Jamil Ali before setting his sights on two young children aged two and twelve.

The toddler had a chest wound which was just centimeters from his heart while the older child suffered two stab injuries to her back but thankfully both survived.

He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was found not guilty of the manslaughter of his father and attempted murders of the two young children by reasons of insanity.

Jurors during the trial were told that Mr Ahmed thought he was “doing the right thing, saving them from a fate worse than death”.

Prosecutor Zoe Johnson QC told the court that all three victims were stabbed in quick succession at a house in Tower Hamlets.

She also said that Mr Ahmed had admitted the murder of his father and attack on the children but two psychiatrists had agreed that he was legally insane at the time.

She said that Mr Ahmed was so “out of touch with reality” he believed that the victims were going to be tortured and crucified.

Judge Warwick McKinnon said it was a “terrible and tragic case” as he adjourned until Thursday when he is likely to impose a hospital order with restrictions and without limit of time.