Man said friend would be ‘better off dead’ and tried to kill her
Andre Jedrzejczyk told police his friend’s life was ruined and “she would be better off dead”
By Wesley Holmes
June 29, 2023
A former psychiatrist tried to kill his friend by viciously beating her about the head after becoming convinced she would be “better off dead”.
Andre Jedrzejczyk, 60, believed he was committing “an act of mercy” when he attacked his 75-year-old female friend with a glass and a concrete ornament, leaving her badly injured in a pool of blood.
He appeared at Liverpool Crown Court today, June 29, where he pleaded guilty to attempted murder.
Jedrzejczyk, of Chilton Court in Maghull, visited his friend, whom he had known for many years, at her home on November 16, 2022. She was aware he suffered from bipolar disorder, and asked him about his condition.
The judge heard there had been no animosity between the pair during the time they had known each other, and “everything appeared fine”. But when the woman turned her back, Jedrzejczyk attacked her from behind, hitting her on the head with a glass bottle until it broke.
The woman collapsed, and Jedrzejczyk struck her again with a concrete ornament while she laid on the kitchen floor…
Jedrzejczyk, a former psychiatrist at Ashworth high-security psychiatric hospital, was found to be suffering from serious mental illness at the time of the attack, and had formed a “genuine belief that the incident was an act of mercy”.
The court heard he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder following his retirement in 1995, and had recently developed a delusional disorder…