A cannabis-smoking security guard was today identified as the would-be mass murderer who drove his car into a packed restaurant terrace near Paris.
David Patterson, 32, faces life in prison after killing a 12-year-old girl, and leaving 13 other people severely injured.
One of them – an unidentified 44-year-old woman – remains in intensive care and her condition was tonight described as 'extremely serious'.
David Patterson, 32, faces life in prison after killing a 12-year-old girl, and leaving 13 other people severely injured
Patterson, who is thought to have British links, has meanwhile told police he was a 'manic depressive' who 'simply wanted to commit suicide.'
It was just after 8pm on Monday that his grey BMW mounted the pavement in Sept-Sorts, which is around 40 miles east of the French capital, and headed straight for the terrace of the Cesena Pizzeria.
The car ended up smashed against the restaurant bar, having killed the so far unnamed schoolgirl instantly.
Patterson was arrested by police in the seconds after the atrocity, which followed similar attacks by French nationals claiming allegiance to Islamic State.
While a terrorist motive has been thrown out, Patterson faces trial for attempted mass murder, and driving under the influence of drugs.
Prosecutor Eric de Valroger, who is leading the enquiry, said: 'He has a persecution complex, says he thought he was being followed, and that the police were investigating him.
'One of the reasons he put forward for the attack was that he would be arrested, and so be safe in prison.'
Arrested: The 32-year-old suspect is pictured being led away from the scene, seemingly uninjured, following the crash which killed a 13-year-old girl
Patterson originally told officers that he had a Kalashnikov and other weapons in the boot of his car, but this turned out to be false.
Today police including forensics specialists carried out a search of Patterson's family home in nearby Ferte-sous-Jouarre, in the Seine-et-Marne department of France.
Patterson, who is single, was living in his parents' house after losing his last job as a security guard following an accident at work.
He claims to have tried to kill himself last week, and had been taking illegal drugs, mainly cannabis, since he was nine.
Patterson's profile was posted on a number of dating sites, and he was said to be infatuated by the Hollywood star Marion Cotillard.
The younger brother of the girl who died is among four people who received serious injuries — a further eight sustained minor injuries.
French officials have said the driver 'clearly acted with intention but we have no reasons so far to suspect a terrorist motive'
The pizzeria is in an industrial zone, surrounded by other restaurants. It is particularly