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The Tel Aviv District Court ruled on Monday to end legal proceedings against
John Paul Sebastian, the Australian tourist suspected of murdering his wife, on
the grounds that he is not fit to stand trial.
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Judge Nurit Ahituv made
the ruling after a psychiatric review concluded Sebastian is suffering from a
prolonged and severe paranoid psychotic illness, as a result of which he was
delusional when he stabbed and killed his wife in their Dan Panorama hotel room
in August. The prosecution agreed to the cessation of proceedings against
Proceedings will now begin to transfer Sebastian, who is
currently hospitalized in an Israeli facility, back to Australia.
Sebastian’s arrest, police said that the Australian had been found in the hotel
room, sitting on the bed next to a knife, his clothes covered in
Sebastian also had deep cuts on his arm that required stitches.
The hotel’s security officer had been the first to arrive on the scene after
other hotel guests called to complain of shouts coming from the hotel
During police questioning, Sebastian initially claimed he had acted
in self-defense but later changed his story when confronted with evidence
against him. He told investigators where he had obtained the knife, and
explained that he had stabbed the victim because she had ruled over him for
years using a power of attorney that she refused to cancel. Sebastian had also
told police officers who arrived at the scene of the stabbing that the victim
was an “enemy agent.”