Mentally-ill man hospitalised ‘to protect public’

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A MENTALLY-ILL man who went on a crime spree and threatened his housemate with a knife has been hospitalised ‘to protect the public’.

Adrian Borissov’s downward spiral started when he split up with his girlfriend and started walking from Portsmouth to London to see family.

It ended almost three months later when instead of attending court, he skipped bail, stole a car, drove it without a licence and insurance and fled a petrol station without paying for fuel.

It was during the walk that Borissov, 31, who has bipolar disorder, entered Lindy Griffiths Associates Physiotherapists in Bosham, causing £250 of damage.

He later told police he had had a mental breakdown. He was bailed but less than a month later Borissov threatened a female housemate with a flick knife when she returned to their Southsea home in the early hours.

He stole her Nissan Micra and drove it without a licence and insurance before being caught in Hayling Avenue, Portsmouth, with the knife in his pocket.

Borissov was then due to appear in court on July 15. Instead he stole a VW Polo from The Low Mileage Centre in London Road, Portsmouth, drove it without a licence and insurance and fled Asda in Fratton without paying for £27.54 of fuel.

A specialist doctor told Portsmouth Crown Court Borissov had reported ‘significant thoughts’ of wanting to harm others.

The doctor said in her opinion he had posed a significant threat to others in prison while remanded, despite a ‘striking response’ to medication.

Borissov, of Eastfield Road, Southsea, who has no previous convictions, was convicted of 10 charges including taking a vehicle without consent, two counts of driving without a licence, making off without payment, two counts of driving without insurance and one of possessing a bladed article.

He was also convicted of failing to surrender to custody, theft and burglary. The crimes were committed between May 27 and July 15.

Sentencing him to a hospital and restriction orders under the Mental Health Act, Judge Sarah Munro QC said: ‘There is a risk of you committing further offences if you are set at large, so it is necessary to protect the public from you.’

Borissov was banned from driving for 18 months.