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10 Aug, 2017 15:16

Killer thought friend ‘was an extraterrestrial’

Killer thought friend ‘was an extraterrestrial’

A Swiss man is going to jail for more than 12 years after being found guilty of killing a friend he allegedly believed to be an alien.

The defendant said he was under the influence of a cocktail of drugs and alcohol at the time.

He was also found guilty on a separate charge of raping a former girlfriend two months prior to the attack, the ATS news agency reports.

The court heard that the 23-year-old victim was visiting the defendant at his family’s chalet on Lake Zurich in December 2014.

After a night out in Zurich, the pair were alleged to have returned to the villa in the early hours of the morning where they got into a fight. During the tussle, the defendant stabbed his friend with a broken piece of glass before beating him to death with a candlestick holder.

He admitted to the killing but insisted that hallucinations, brought about by a cocktail of cocaine and ketamine, made him believe his friend was an alien who was trying to kill him.

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The pair had met when they were studying in London in 2011, according to The Times.

Handing down the sentence, the judge acknowledged that drugs had been a factor in the attack and gave the defendant 12 and a half years in prison rather than the 16 the prosecution had sought.

He is appealing the conviction.