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University student who attacked his statistics tutor and four classmates with a baseball bat is found not guilty – despite googling ‘murder laws’ and ‘life sentence’ before wild rampage

A university student who attacked his statistics tutor and four classmates with a baseball bat has been found not guilty of five counts of attempted murder.

Alex Ophel, 20, faced the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory in Canberra on Wednesday.

He was found not guilty by a jury because of his mental impairment.

Mr Ophel, who suffers with schizophrenia, was just 18 when he pulled a baseball bat out of a duffel bag and began swinging it at people in his university class in 2017.

He was charged with five counts of attempted murder following the wild rampage which left his tutor unconscious, one classmate with a broken arm and several others with head and other injuries.

One witness described Mr Ophel’s attack as using ‘maximum force’ before he had been stopped, reported ABC News.

It’s understood the now 20-year-old’s schizophrenia was only diagnosed in the months following the attack.

His first trial was called off after a jury was unable to reach a verdict.

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