A MAN who stabbed a security guard in the stomach in Boscombe’s Sovereign Centre has been sentenced to an unrestricted hospital order.

Rajeshwar Bhinder, who suffers with paranoid schizophrenia, knifed Mamadou Diallo as he worked at the 99p Store on May 8.

The victim, who knows Bhinder through his work, staggered out of the shop shouting “I've been stabbed”.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from the shopping centre following the incident, with many spotting Mr Diallo sitting slumped on the floor.

Prosecuting, Simon Jones said the defendant approached Mr Diallo with both hands concealed.

“He got up very close to him and then suddenly the victim felt something thrust into his stomach and he felt the pain immediately,” he said.

“The defendant had used a six-inch black handled kitchen knife.”

Bhinder, 45, admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon during a previous hearing at Bournemouth Crown Court.

The court heard that he is being treated for his condition at Ravenswood House in Hampshire, a medium secure facility.

Nick Robinson, mitigating, said: “He wishes it to be put on the record that he feels deep remorse – he is very sorry.”

Judge Samuel Wiggs said he was satisfied that the defendant should be detained in a hospital indefinitely for treatment as it is necessary for the protection of the public.

“That does not mean that in due course he cannot be released from hospital if he gets better in the future,” he added.

“I very much hope that he does.”

The judge issued a restraining order to protect Mr Diallo, and ordered that Bhinder not enter any 99p Store in Dorset in the future.