UK Police have identified the Liverpool hospital attacker as 32-year-old Emad Al Swealmeen.
According to Sky News, Swealmeen had moved to the UK after seeking asylum from the Middle East several years ago and suffered from mental health issues.
Swealmeen, who converted from Islam to Christianity, had his asylum application refused in 2014, however, an unnamed source told The Sun that one issue being considered is whether he was motivated by an “unsolved grievance” with the Home Office following this refusal.
Malcolm Hitchcott along with his wife Elizabeth had taken Al Swealmen into their home to live with them and that he came to Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral in 2015 and wanted to convert to Christianity.
He told the Sun, “The UK asylum people were never convinced he was Syrian and he was refused asylum in 2014.”
“He had his case rejected because he has been sectioned due to some mental health incident where he was waving a knife at people from an overpass.”
Elizabeth Hitchcott told the BBC, “We’re just so, so sad. We just loved him, he was a lovely guy.”