Pickaxe-wielding man who attacked London hospital staff convicted of attempted murder

Matteo Bottarelli will be sentenced in April  (Metropolitan Police)
Matteo Bottarelli will be sentenced in April (Metropolitan Police)

A London hospital maintenance worker who chased colleagues with a pickaxe and stabbed two of them has been found guilty of attempted murder.

Matteo Bottarelli, 44, left two men in their 40s with substantial injuries after unleashing a violent rampage at Middlesex Hospital in Fitzrovia on June 21, 2023.

Moments before, Bottarelli told a co-worker: “Today is your lucky day.”

On Wednesday he was convicted at Wood Green Crown Court of two counts of attempted murder and one of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent.

The court previously heard how Bottarelli chased his victims with the mattock, a pickaxe-type implement, around the hospital grounds before stabbing one of them in the neck from behind.

A second man was later found collapsed with head injuries shortly after the incident and the hospital was evacuated.

Bottarelli was found at his home after an urgent search was carried out, and was taken to hospital for self-inflicted injuries.

A court sketch of Matteo Bottarelli at Wood Green Crown Court (PA Archive)
A court sketch of Matteo Bottarelli at Wood Green Crown Court (PA Archive)

The attacker, from Central Way in Brent, northwest London, pleaded guilty to offences lesser than attempted murder but the prosecution said these would not be acceptable.

Detective Constable Jacob Eyres, from the Met’s North West Command, said: “We have worked hard to build a case against Bottarelli who posed a clear threat to his work colleagues and to public safety.

“Throughout our enquiries, we gathered a substantial amount of evidence including detailed accounts from witnesses and victims whose contribution to the investigation was crucial.

“This was an unprovoked attack on people working to help others and it is right that Bottarelli will now face the consequences of his actions.

“I hope that his conviction brings the victims a measure of comfort in knowing that justice has been served. My thoughts are with them.”

Bottarelli was remanded in custody throughout proceedings and next appear at Wood Green Crown Court for sentencing on April 30.