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IPSWICH, England — The trial of an Air Force noncommissioned officer continued Friday with conflicting views from psychiatrists on what his mental state was when he stabbed a man 13 times at a hotel here.

Two consultant psychiatrists who diagnosed Staff Sgt. Lorrenzo Sanchez, 28, following the May 11, 2005, stabbing testified before jurors at Ipswich Crown Court.

“My view remains that he was not suffering from a mental illness,” said Dr. Bohdam Solomka, a psychiatrist from the British National Health Service.

But the defense counsel attempted to cast doubts on the doctor’s diagnosis, which he based on an hourlong interview with the 352nd Special Operations Group NCO last July.

Defense lawyer William Harbage told Solomka that two other psychiatrists concluded Sanchez was in a depressed state of mind during the apparently unprovoked attack on 62-year-old Derek Thrower, a British man who was staying at the Lowesoft hotel.

Sanchez stayed at the same hotel during training. That day he drank heavily at a number of pubs and returned to the hotel, drank more, and apparently blacked out, not remembering the attack on Thrower.

“So you’re the only one out on a limb,” Harbage said. Solomka stood by his diagnosis.

Dr. Alun Jones, a psychiatrist from Wales Drug and Alcohol Agency who specializes in traumatized servicemembers, said that the culmination of stresses that Sanchez was dealing with could have manifested into a breaking point.

When Jones interviewed Sanchez in October, he said the man lost friends in a plane crash in Albania, faced marital issues, had served in Iraq under enemy fire and underwent tough training.

“The stress makes a bridge to a disassociated state,” he said.

Sanchez faces one count of attempted murder and one count of unlawful wounding. The trial will reconvene on Wednesday.

Stars and Stripes reporter Bryan Mitchell contributed to this report.

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