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Man sentenced to hospital order after Manchester shopping centre stabbings

|News, Terrorism

Raphael Chevelleau, 43, has been sentenced today for assaulting five people at Manchester Arndale Shopping Centre on 11 October 2019.

Chevelleau was sentenced to a hospital order at Manchester Crown Court for three offences of wounding with intent and two offences of attempted wounding. He had armed himself with a knife and launched an unprovoked attack on the five unsuspecting victims, causing stab injuries to four of them.

CCTV footage showed that on day of the incident, Chevelleau bought a knife and took a bus to Manchester city centre, arriving just before 11am.  He made his way to the Arndale Centre and once inside, he proceeded to randomly attack the five members of the public causing serious injuries, albeit not life-threatening.

Chevelleau’s behaviour was unprovoked and caused widespread fear and panic amongst the public and staff at the Arndale Centre that day. Police swiftly attended the scene and detained Chevelleau, who was subsequently admitted to Ashworth High Security Hospital.

The investigation resulted in extensive enquiries including expert evidence from psychiatrists who confirmed that Chevelleau was responsible for his actions, notwithstanding a previous diagnosis of schizophrenia. The police and CPS worked together to ascertain if there was any terrorist connection to the offences and ultimately concluded there was not. Chevelleau pleaded guilty to all of the offences.

Nick Price, Head of the CPS Counter-Terrorism Division, said: "This was a shocking and unprovoked attack and our thoughts remain with the victims and those directly affected by the actions of Chevelleau. I am pleased that he has taken responsibility for his actions through his guilty pleas and that the victims and other witnesses who have provided statements were not required to give evidence in court.

"The sentence imposed by the court today reflects the seriousness of Chevelleau’s actions and the level of danger he poses to the public."

Notes to editors

Raphael Chevelleau (16/12/1978), has been sentenced for:  
o    x3 Counts of Wounding With Intent 
o    x2 Counts of Attempted Wounding

•    The initial arrest was for terrorism but the investigation did not produce any evidence suggesting that the defendant committed the assaults for a terrorist purpose.

•    The CPS Counter Terrorism Division is responsible for prosecuting all terrorism crimes and terrorist related offences in England and Wales. It also deals with incitement to racial and religious hatred, stirring up hatred based on sexual orientation, war crimes and crimes against humanity, official secrets cases and piracy and hijacking.

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