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Fugitive was "mentally disturbed"
6:00am Monday 28th October 2013 in Echo News
A FUGITIVE who fled to Basildon after kidnapping and attempting to murder his ex-girfriend could face a retrial because he is “severely mentally disturbed”.
Sean Lopes, 47, led a double life by setting up home with a new family in Lanham Place, on the Felmores estate, while on the run for attacking former girlfriend Amanda Hopkins, 22, in New York in 2004.
Lopes, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison in his absence, was finally tracked down by the authorities in May while working as a manager at a Sainsbury’s supermarket in Kent.
During an appearance at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, his lawyer Ben Cooper asked for his extradition hearing to be delayed so a psychiatric assessment can be carried out.
He said: “He was not aware of what he was doing. Mr Lopes had suffered a breakdown of sorts, he was suffering from serious depression at the time, hearing voices and had attempted suicide.
“He is severely mentally disturbed.”
Lopes, dressed in a striped grey fleece and grey jogging bottoms, spent the entire hearing rocking back and forth and muttering.
Clair Dobbin, prosecuting, argued there was no indication Lopes was not fit to be tried in America in 2004 and a psychiatrist would have difficulty determining his state of mind nearly a decade ago.
He was remanded in custody and will return to Westminster Magistrates ‘Court on November 13.
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