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Jai Penning was found not guilty of attempted murder after slitting throat of a woman in downtown Adelaide

Psychotic mesman, 27, cut throat of a cleaner in a mall toilet after hearing ‘the Metallica singer’s voice’ in his head

  • Female, 30, stabbed several times at Parabanks Shopping Center in July 2018
  • Jai Penning has not been found guilty of attacks due to mental incompetence
  • Court heard that he heard voices from Metallica band members and the devil
  • He said the voices encouraged him to commit suicide and carry out the attack

A psychotic man who cut a cleaner’s throat from ear to ear after claiming to hear voices from Metallica band members has not been found guilty of attempted murder for mental incompetence.

27-year-old Jai Penning was charged with an attack on a 30-year-old woman at the Parabanks Shopping Center, in Salisbury, Adelaide, in July 2018.

Penning believed he heard the voices of heavy metal band singer James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, along with the devil, who ordered him to commit suicide and carry out the attack, the South Australian Supreme Court heard on Wednesday.

Despite multiple cuts to her hands and face from Penning’s 12-inch blade, the woman miraculously survived while her attacker fled in his car.

Jai Penning, 27, (photo) was charged with the attack of a 30-year-old woman at Parabanks Shopping Center, in Salisbury, Adelaide, in July 2018

Jai Penning, 27, (photo) was charged with the attack of a 30-year-old woman at Parabanks Shopping Center, in Salisbury, Adelaide, in July 2018

Penning had been under the influence of cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines and was suffering from a psychotic episode due to his treatment-resistant schizophrenia, the ABC reported.

Justice Sam Doyle said he was “overwhelmed” by the votes in his head on the day of the attack.

“They persuaded him to take his own life, but before they did, they encouraged or urged him to carry out the attack he had carried out. The location and victim of the attack were essentially random. ‘

The cleaner had been in a toilet for staff on the day of the attack at around 7:30 PM.

After she left the cell, she was approached by Penning and tried to run away, but she was then cut out several times while swinging around the kitchen knife.

The woman miraculously survived her attack while fleeing in his car (depicted, bloodied clothing after the mall attack in July 2018)

The woman miraculously survived her attack while fleeing in his car (depicted, bloodied clothing after the mall attack in July 2018)

The woman miraculously survived her attack while fleeing in his car (depicted, bloodied clothing after the mall attack in July 2018)

Penning thought he heard the voices of the lead singer of the heavy metal band, James Hetfield (photo) and drummer Lars Ulrich at the time, the court heard.

Penning thought he heard the voices of the lead singer of the heavy metal band, James Hetfield (photo) and drummer Lars Ulrich at the time, the court heard.

Penning thought he heard the voices of the lead singer of the heavy metal band, James Hetfield (photo) and drummer Lars Ulrich at the time, the court heard.

The woman tried to run to the door, but was stabbed in the back by Penning.

Meaningfully, while tilting her head back to expose her throat, he used the knife to cut deep into her neck. It was described in the medical evidence as an “ear-to-ear cut to her neck,” said Judge Doyle.

The woman passed out, but eventually came to the emergency and called an ambulance, who took her to the hospital to be operated on for eight hours.

If the cuts had been just a few millimeters deeper, the cleaner could have died, the court heard.

Penning appeared to have searched for ‘psychotic’ and ‘plea for madness’ in the days after the stabbing.

The 27-year-old remains in a safe mental health facility, James Nash House.

He will be brought to trial again in September for sentencing submissions.

The attacked woman had been in a toilet for staff at the Parabanks Shopping Center in Adelaide (photo)

The attacked woman had been in a toilet for staff at the Parabanks Shopping Center in Adelaide (photo)

The attacked woman had been in a toilet for staff at the Parabanks Shopping Center in Adelaide (photo)

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