A man who killed a 60-year-old driver, and then attacked an ambulance crew, a police officer and members of the public, has been sectioned indefinately in a secure unit under the menal health act.

An instruction has also been made to deport him when he is released.

Laidi Benomor, aged 30, unemployed, and of no fixed address, appeared at the Central Criminal Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Suryakant Patel and five counts of actual bodily harm in Harlington on November 24, 2006, on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

A further charge of the attempted murder of Mr Peter Dennison is to lie on file.

At 4.25am on November 24 last year, police and the ambulance service received several calls that a man had been violently assaulted in Harlington High Street.

Mr Patel had been driving south in the High Street when he stopped his Lexus car and got out. No one knows why he stopped but he was violently assaulted by Benomor.

The ambulance service was first on the scene and tried to help the victim but they were also attacked as were two women passers by and several men, including Mr Dennison, who stopped their cars to intervene. Police arrived at 4.39 am and detained Benomor and at least one police officer was slightly injured.

Mr Patel was pronounced dead at the scene and a post mortem gave the cause of death as head injuries.

After the verdict was returned Detective Inspector Crossley said: "This is a tragic case and our thoughts are with the families of Mr Patel and Mr Dennington at this difficult time.

"Following the attack on Mr Patel members of the public, most notably Mr Dennison, bravely came to the assistance of the injured man. I would like to thank all of the people involved, including police officers who assisted with this investigation."