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Man Who Killed a Bus Driver by Setting Him Alight Has Charges DROPPED

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Man Who Killed a Bus Driver by Setting Him Alight Has Charges DROPPED

The case against a man who inflicted a fiery death on a bus driver has been officially dropped.

Anthony Mark Edward O’Donohue faced one charge of murder and 14 attempted murder charges over the October 2016 incident.

Bus driver Manmeet Alisher was killed when a backpack containing a bottle of fuel was set alight and thrown at him.

Charges were dropped by prosecutors in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday after he was found to be of unsound mind and unfit stand trial, therefore not criminally responsible for his actions.

 

Anthony O’Donohue faced one charge of murder and 14 attempted murder charges over the October 2016 incident
Mr Alisher, an Indian migrant, (pictured) had six passengers on board when he pulled into a stop at Moorooka, south of the city centre

He was ordered to spend 10 years in a high-security facility for the criminally insane by the Mental Health Court.

Mr O’Donohue suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and a severe psychotic illness, which led to the killing, the court heard during the hearing in August.

Mr O’Donohue was consumed with delusions relating to distrust of bus drivers, unions and the Brisbane City Council.

He believed there was a grand conspiracy against him and that people were out to get him at the time of the attack.

He had suffered from mental illness of more than 15 years but stopped taking medication in 2014, the Courier Mail reported.

His schizophrenia had deteriorated on the day he boarded the bus near his home with a molotov cocktail in a bag, according to court documents.

A taxi driver said the six passengers on board were desperately trying to open the rear doors as the front of bus was engulfed in flames

When Mr Alisher smiled at O’Donohue as he boarded the bus he took that as a sign the driver was part of the conspiracy, the court heard.

Mr Alisher, also known as Manmeet Sharma, was a beloved Indian singer and well known in the Punjabi community.

The death prompted a huge outpouring of grief and sparked a push for greater safety measures to protect bus drivers.

A report into Mr O’Donohue’s treatment under Queensland’s mental health services found the incident could have been avoided because he admitted fearing he would kill someone years before doing so.

At the time of the incident police said the bus driver stood little chance of survival as the fire was 'substantial'

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