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Former Swindon man accused of trying to kill his twin daughters
A FORMER Swindon man has been charged with the attempted murder of his twin four-year-old daughters in Denmark.
Graham Bishop, who emigrated from the town in 2000, is alleged to have stabbed the two girls with a kitchen knife at a paediatric centre on Sunday.
The attack took place at the Rigshospitalet where the family of four where staying because one of the girls was suffering from a long-term illness.
It is reportedly said that when the police arrived Bishop, who is a medium/clairvoyant who claims to be possessed by the spirit of someone called Dr Karl, stabbed himself in the stomach and jumped out of a window.
Both girls are in a stable condition at Rigshospitalet, but are yet to wake from their comas according to a Danish newspaper.
Bishop appeared in court on Thursday and entered a plea of not guilty and has been sent to isolation in a psychiatric hospital.
His lawyer indicated to the court that his client would point to temporary insanity in his defence.
According to Danish tabloids, the 58-year-old entered the courtroom on crutches and appeared battered and bruised from his self-inflicted wounds.
He was accompanied by an English speaking interpreter.
According to Bishop, Dr Karl is a German physician who was born in 1848 and began performing operations on people at the tender age of 12.
He claims that Dr Karl is his ‘main spirit guide’ who uses Bishop’s body to help ‘heal’ people in need. Bishop claims to have helped ‘many thousands of people across Europe and the USA’ through Dr Karl.
Justin Cremer, of The Copenhagen Post, said it had turned into a ‘rather sensational case’ in Denmark.
“The stabbing of the four-year-old twins at Rigshospitalet garnered a lot of attention in and of itself, but then when the Danish tabloids identified the father as Graham Bishop, what started as a family tragedy took a truly bizarre turn,” he said.
“Suddenly his claims to be a medium who communicates with a mysterious spirit known as Dr Karl began to somewhat overshadow the horrific incident itself.
“The tabloids have been covering the case extensively, with BT (a Danish paper) carrying Bishop on the front page for three consecutive days. One of Bishop’s reality programmes Åndernes Magt (The Power of the Spirits) garnered decent viewership so he is someone, who not a celebrity per se, is probably familiar to a fair amount of Danes.
“Bishop’s website (spirit-of-life.com) is a bit strange to say the least, filled with claims that he can communicate with spirits and that he has sensed his whole life that ‘there was something’ different about himself.
“Some of it comes off as rather kooky.”
According to another Danish tabloid, Ekstra Bladet, Bishop’s wife, who is considerably younger than the one-time reality TV personality, had told him that she wanted a divorce, which caused him to carry out the attack.