According to court documents, a 25-year-old man named Damien has been acquitted on the grounds of insanity and will not serve any time in jail.
This decision comes after he used a sword to fatally harm his 61-year-old mother, Helen, seriously injured his uncle, who has cerebral palsy and is bedridden and also harmed his autistic brother. Damien’s uncle sustained severe facial injuries, while his brother suffered injuries to his hand.
On January 16, 2022, responding officers discovered Damien’s mother with severe injuries, but she was tragically pronounced dead at the scene.
After committing these acts, Damien fled the scene, and authorities noted his apparent lack of remorse for the harm inflicted on his mother, uncle, and brother.
The victim’s family expressed their bewilderment, stating that they had no insight into why Damien committed these crimes.
During interviews with investigators, Damien’s father disclosed that his son had no prior history of mental health issues. The only entry on Damien’s criminal record was a minor marijuana possession arrest.
However, the father shared that Damien had recently become involved with an unusual group, which he likened to a cult. He mentioned that Damien had sent links about their beliefs to his sisters, discussing topics such as drawing energy from the sun and other unconventional ideas.
This newfound interest had developed only a few weeks prior to the tragic events. Damien’s father expressed his confusion, saying, “I don’t understand it.”
Furthermore, Damien’s father revealed that his son had ordered various items, including a knife, torture-type brass knuckles with spikes, and a poster of Osiris, the Egyptian god of the underworld.
He expressed his deep concern, stating, “I can’t understand why he would order these items unless he was planning something sinister.”