Citizens Advice Bureau job for man who stabbed George Harrison
Sep 12 2005
A SCHIZOPHRENIC from Merseyside who stabbed former Beatle George
Harrison is back working in the region - at a Citizens Advice Bureau.
Michael Abram, 39, is starting a new life as a volunteer advisor to
members of the public at a CAB office in Merseyside.
A Citizens Advice Bureau spokesperson confirmed: "Michael Abram is
training as a volunteer advisor at CAB in the North West.
"He is fully recovered from his illness and deeply regrets his past
action. He now has a chance to continue rebuilding his life by
contributing to a local charity. We believe he is entitled to
privacy while he does this."
Former drug addict Abram stabbed Harrison 10 times and attempted to
strangle his wife, Olivia, 52, after breaking into the star's £10m
home in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, in December 1999.
At the time, Harrison and his wife described the attack as "full of
hatred and violence".
The guitarist later described how he felt the knife plunging in and
out of his chest during the attack.
Three psychiatrists testified at Abram's trial that he suffered from
severe paranoid schizophrenia.
He believed he was "the fifth Beatle" and was convinced Harrison was
the "Phantom Menace", a figure from the writings of Nostradamus.
Harrison died from cancer in 2001, while Abram was still in a secure
But eight months later, with no consultation with his family, a
Mental Health review panel ruled Abram was fit to be released and he
was moved into a lowsecurity hostel.
He now lives in a flat in Liverpool having been cleared in November
2000 of the double attempted murder on the grounds of temporary