Man killed by police had schizophrenia

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Man killed by police had schizophrenia


The mental health of a schizophrenic man who was shot and killed by police in Brisbane’s CBD will be explored in an inquest into his death.

Mohamad Ikraam Bahram sent the city into lockdown after he travelled from Logan to Brisbane armed with a knife in February 2020.

The 24-year-old stabbed a tourist, leaving him with minor injuries.

Mr Bahram, who was receiving treatment for schizophrenia at the time, was shot and killed by police after he allegedly charged at officers while armed.

Documents filed in a pre-inquest conference on Monday outlined what will be explored, including “the circumstances leading up to the shooting” including treatment for Mr Bahram’s mental health.

“In the months prior to his death, records suggest that Ikram had a number of presentations, both voluntary and involuntary, to hospital for episodes of poor mental health,” the document states.

Camera IconMohamad Ikraam Bahram sent the city into lockdown after he travelled from Logan to Brisbane armed with a knife in February 2020. Credit: Supplied

“The sufficiency of the care and treatment he was provided will be considered during the course of the inquest, and it is intended that an expert report will be sought to comment in this regard.”

The actions of the police officers involved will also be looked into.

“Whether the police officers involved acted in accordance with the Queensland Police Service policies and procedures then in force and whether said actions were appropriate,” court documents state.

“Whether the training provided to officers in responding to a similar incident is sufficient.”

The three-day inquest will call eight witnesses including three police officers.

It is believed Mr Bahram was suffering from a mental health episode when he travelled into the city armed with a knife, including persecutory delusions, hallucinations and poor insight.

He left his home about 9am on February 23, 2020, with just a backpack and drove into Brisbane, parking on Market St.

Supplied Editorial The mental health of Mohamad Ikraam Bahram will be studied in a
 coronial inquest later this year. Picture: Social media
Camera IconThe mental health of Mohamad Ikraam Bahram will be studied in a coronial inquest later this year. Credit: Supplied

Mr Bahram then walked to Mary St and pulled a knife from the backpack around 10am, before running at a British tourist who was walking through the city.

The 24-year-old “chased and pursued” the male before stabbing him in the back and punching him in the face, according to court documents.

The knife broke in the attack, prompting Mr Bahram to return to his car and get a larger knife as multiple witnesses called police.

CCTV footage shows Mr Bahram as he walked back towards Mary St holding the larger knife.

Police rushed to the scene and attempted to stop the 24-year-old.

“As officers exited the vehicle, it is clearly captured on BWC footage that Ikram runs at one of the officers with the knife in his right hand,” court documents state.

“As the officer moves away in an attempt to withdraw and place some distance between himself and Ikram, he calls for him to drop the knife.

“When Ikram does not comply and continues to run towards the officer, a string of shots were fired hitting him.”

The inquest will take place later this year.



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