A former Uruguayan diplomat has been detained after admitting to fatally stabbing a revered LGBTQ rights campaigner.
Enrique Facelli, who served as a cultural attache at Uruguay’s London embassy for nearly 20 years, according to the Associated Press, has been charged with the murder of Julian Aubrey, his neighbor with whom he had a long-running conflict.
Facelli, whom prosecutors say stabbed Aubrey 22 times in October 2017 because he believed him to be a devil worshiper who was trying to kill him, denied the murder charge but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.
Two different evaluations found him to be suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, and on Tuesday he was sentenced to an indefinite period of detention in a psychiatric hospital.
#EnriqueFacelli, exdiplomático #uruguayo en #Londres, admitió haber asesinado a su vecino #JulianAubrey, en el apartamento de éste, en el barrio de #WestKensington https://t.co/UftU2xOspN pic.twitter.com/YuZxOyTMPr
— CUSME UK (@CUSMEUK) August 9, 2018
Aubrey (pictured above) was formerly co-chairman of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea LGBT liaison group, and had been recognized by the Princess Royal for his work counseling victims of sexual abuse, the BBC notes.