Nelson man psychotic after years of taking cannabis and cocaine killed his dad

Lancashire Telegraph | 3rd December 2021

The court heard how Walker, who was a habitual cannabis and cocaine user, first taking the class B drug aged 11, and later aged 25 beginning to use the class A stimulant, had been sectioned in April last year, just weeks before he killed his own father, due to erratic behaviour caused by a withdrawal from prescribed anti-depressants and an adverse reaction to lockdown restrictions, which had left him paranoid.

https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/19759182.nelson-man-psychotic-years-taking-cannabis-cocaine-killed-dad/

Three recently added stories

First, the sentencing of Zephaniah McLeod for a murderous rampage in Birmingham last year: Zephaniah McLeod: Birmingham stabbing spree killer sentenced

High on cannabis and cocaine at the time of the attacks, McLeod was well know to health services and had previous convictions for drug offences, amongst others.

Next, the heinous killing of 25-year-old Lauren Bloomer last year by her boyfriend Jake Nolman after he had suffered an ‘adverse’ reaction to eating cannabis-infused cakes: Man ‘killed girlfriend after eating cannabis cake’.

Both stories have been filed under murder.

And finally, Kasim Hussain, who first stabbed and very nearly killed a university lecturer three years ago, before being let out on bail and stabbing a second victim: University lecturer 1cm from death as knifeman plunged blade into back during random attack.

Sentencing, Judge Peter Kelson, describing Hussain’s drug consumption, said: “It’s about time the users of cannabis woke up to the fact many people suffer psychological harm from taking that drug.”

Filed under violence.

‘Despicable’ man bludgeoned ‘caring and kind’ neighbour to death with wood carving

My London | 9th September 2021

Judge Marks QC told Osei: “Doctors all agree at the time of the offences you were suffering from schizoaffective disorder compounded by substance misuse, namely cannabis.

“It is a very relevant consideration that for a number of months you had been non-compliant with your medication.

“You had been suffering from this illness for about the last 18 years and that had resulted in numerous hospital admissions.

“It is evident from the violent nature of this attack when you are not well and not properly medicated you are capable of being extremely dangerous.”

https://www.mylondon.news/news/north-london-news/despicable-man-bludgeonedcaring-kindneighbour-death-21518269

Man jailed for seven years for serious sex assault on woman as she lay unconscious

Yorkshire Evening Post | 22nd Oct. 2021

Hancock was found guilty of the offence by a jury at Leeds Crown Court after a trial in which he gave evidence and accused his victim and another woman of making up the allegation as part of a “conspiracy.”

The court heard Hancock, the victim and the woman had been drinking alcohol and smoking cannabis on the night of the attack.

https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/crime/man-jailed-for-seven-years-for-serious-sex-assault-on-woman-as-she-lay-unconscious-3428579

Woman punches and bites ear of Manchester Arena bombing survivor in pub attack

Daily Mirror | 27th Sep. 2021

A woman attacked a Manchester Arena bombing survivor and bit off part of her ear after punching her and dragging her to the ground.

Amy Bruce was left permanently disfigured after the horrific attack at a pub in Gateshead.

Amy and her friend Elizabeth Brown were waiting for a friend to come out the toilet to leave when patron Sophie Watson, then 19, grew paranoid that they were laughing at her, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Watson, who was intoxicated on alcohol and cannabis, marched over to the women and dragged Elizabeth down to the ground by her hair and started punching her, the court heard.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/woman-punches-bites-ear-manchester-25083176

A selection of recently added stories

Although the summer holidays for us teachers are nearly over, I’ve only just had time to update this site. Here are some of the stories I’ve added:

Man jailed for psychotic rampage in County Durham street

Northern Echo | 20th June 2021

The court heard that Hall had previously been sectioned and admitted himself to a mental health unit, but since his last hospital stay in 2002 had controlled his schizophrenia with a combination of antidepressants and anti-psychotic drugs.

However, in the lead up to the incidents he had stopped taking his tablets and began smoking cannabis.

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/19384802.man-jailed-psychotic-rampage-county-durham-street/

Man, 33, dies in tragic fall after taking cannabis while celebrating his birthday

Manchester Evening News | 17th August 2021

A grieving girlfriend has paid tribute to her former partner, an RAF veteran and A&E nurse, who died on his 33rd birthday.

Julian Garvey Vines Lewis passed away on August 16 last year in Salford Royal Hospital from an ‘unsurvivable’ head wound after falling from his flat window.

At an inquest into his death, a coroner ruled he sustained the injury in a ‘psychotic or delusional episode from the consumption of cannabis’ he had taken on a night out with friends celebrating his birthday.

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/girlfriends-beautiful-tribute-remarkable-man-21300631

Teen convicted of Roberts Buncis’ murder, facing life sentence

The Lincolnite | 5th July 2021

A 15-year-old boy who tried to decapitate a 12-year-old during a ferocious attack in which he stabbed the younger boy more than 70 times is facing a life sentence after a jury this afternoon (Mon) convicted him of murder.

During the savage attack the teenager attempted to cut off Roberts’ head and one of his hands. One of the blows caused the blade of the knife to snap with the tip left embedded in Roberts’ skull.

Vile rapist who gave young girls cannabis before horrific sexual attack sobs as he’s jailed

Daily Record | 28th May 2021

A man who plied two teenage girls with cannabis before sexually assaulting one and raping another sobbed as he was led away by a prison officer.

Daniel Guymer 33, targeted his first victim in November 2017 after he met her in Pearson Park, that summer, Hull Live reported…

The court heard Guymer was interviewed about the first incident and told police at the time he smoked 4g of cannabis and would share with his brother and friends but denied supplying the class B drug.

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/sexual-assault-cannabis-drugs-court-24203982

Filed under ‘Rape, paedophilia and sexual violence’.

‘NO REGARD’ 

Mercedes driver high on cocaine and cannabis slammed into boy, 6, at 60mph and ‘didn’t care if he was alive or dead’

The Sun | 27th May 2021

A MERCEDES driver who slammed into a six-year-old boy while high on cocaine and cannabis “didn’t care if he was dead or alive,” a court heard.

Harry Summersgill, 24, left Noah Herring with a bleed on the brain after smashing into him – and a bus stop – at 60mph.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/15091446/driver-jailed-cocaine-crash-boy/

Filed under ‘Drug driving’.

Horatio Clare: ‘My psychosis was brought on by cannabis’

 Evening Standard | 4th March 2021

“I will never smoke it again. Strong cannabis is a destroyer of mental health and of lives, and the earlier you smoke it, the more damage it does. Prohibition means the substance is stronger, so what’s available, particularly to young people, can be lethal. The national conversation should move away from ‘cannabis is probably harmless’ to ‘it very likely isn’t, and the harm it does is catastrophic’.

“We need to be much more open about that,” he says. “I can also say with absolutely certainty that I haven’t met anybody who’s been sectioned – and I’ve met a great many – who didn’t have a relationship with cannabis. You don’t know until it destroys everything, that you’re the person who it’s going to destroy.”

https://www.standard.co.uk/culture/books/horatio-clare-writer-cannabis-psychosis-mental-health-b921442.html

Filed under ‘Suicide, attempted suicide and self harm’.

Man high on magic mushrooms used blowtorch to burn face of boy (2) as he sat in his buggy

Irish Independent | 18th May 2021

He believed he was seeing “shadows” and was attempting to burn them away with the blowtorch, defence counsel, Karl Monahan BL, said.

Brennan has no previous convictions.

Ms Collard said the little boy’s entire family have been emotionally affected by what happened. The boy’s parents in particular are “full of what-ifs”, she said.

The boy’s father cried in court as he said the attack had left him “empty, scared for my family’s safety and helpless”. He said he struggles with sleep and feels nauseated when he sees the footage of Brennan hurting his son.

The boy’s mother said she still struggles to come to terms with the fact her child was attacked in their garden. She said the assault has left her sad and afraid. “I hold my children close to my heart and tell them I love them every day,” she said.

Both parents reported how their child has had nightmares and sleep difficulties in the wake of the assault, has become hysterical when he sees a strange man and is scared to go out in the front garden where the attack occurred.

Mr Monahan said Brennan was diagnosed with autism when he was a child and Asperger’s Syndrome when he was a teenager. He started using cannabis which may have led to him developing schizophrenia.

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/dublin/man-high-on-magic-mushrooms-used-blowtorch-to-burn-face-of-boy-2as-he-sat-in-his-buggy-40440589.html

Filed under ‘Violence, abuse and attempted murder’.

‘Beautiful’ and ‘bubbly’ pharmacy worker, 20, died from overdose after finding out that her boyfriend had been cheating

Manchester Evening News | 11th May 2021

“Victoria wasn’t an habitual drug taker, she smoked weed like a lot of young people do.

“A lot of young people think it doesn’t affect them in any way, shape or form but it does. It alters their personality and behaviour.”

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/beautiful-bubbly-pharmacy-worker-20-20568045

Filed under ‘Suicide, attempted suicide and self-harm’.

‘Dangerous offender’ jailed for sexually abusing teenage girl after plying her with cannabis and alcohol

Bradford Telegraph & Argus | 10th May 2021

Anthony Webster was today sentenced at Bradford Crown Court for sexual activity with a child, attacking a man in a pub and growing £7,457 of cannabis at his home.

Webster did not start the attack in the pub and the cannabis crop was to feed his own habit. He had been a regular user of the drug for many years.

Judge Davey jailed Webster for 13 years for sexually abusing the girl, with two years to run consecutively for the offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, making 15 years in all. The cannabis sentence was concurrent.

https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/19291318.dangerous-offender-jailed-sexually-abusing-teenage-girl-plying-cannabis-alcohol/

Filed under ‘Rape, paedophilia and sexual violence’.

Peter Hitchens: Was the Tate Modern attacker driven mad by drugs? Don’t you dare ask!

Mail on Sunday | 9th May 2021

Two questions arose. How had he become unhinged in the first place? Individual madness is quite rare but it is a sad fact that a growing number of children are introduced to marijuana at younger and younger ages and become permanently mentally ill as a result.

Irish psychiatrists last week reported that marijuana is the ‘gravest threat’ to the mental health of young people in that country. The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland said a combination of ever-stronger strains of the drug and a common public belief that it is harmless (the same idiocy is widespread here) has had ‘devastating effects’.

I’ll say. Hardly a day goes by without my friend Ross Grainger adding another hideous case of violence committed by supposedly peaceful dope-smokers to his ‘Attacker Smoked Cannabis’ website.

https://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2021/05/peter-hitchens-was-the-tate-modern-attacker-driven-mad-by-drugs-dont-you-dare-ask.html

Dad ‘threw 11-month-old son into river believing baby was turning into devil’

Daily Mirror | 24th Nov. 2020

The court heard the defendant had suffered from mental health problems throughout his life and at 17 was sectioned and diagnosed with psychosis related to cannabis use.

Mr Hall said: “His early life was punctuated with exposures to violence and cannabis use.”

He began a relationship with Miss Blood in 2016 and in October 2018 Zakari, their first son, was born.

Mr Hall said, following Zakari’s birth, the couple argued and Bennett-Eko began to miss GP appointments and started consuming cannabis again.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dad-threw-11-month-old-23061122

Filed under ‘Murder, manslaughter and infanticide’.

Mold man jailed after cutting victim to the bone in machete attack

Leader | 26th April 2021

A MOLD man who cut his victim to the bone in a machete attack had been “smoking huge amounts of cannabis,” a court heard.

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/19259823.mold-man-jailed-cutting-victim-bone-machete-attack/

Filed under ‘Violence, abuse and attempted murder’

Teenager killed his father and attacked his mother after taking drugs and playing violent video games

An appalling story which, despite occurring nearly ten years ago, I have only discovered today (24th April 2021). As I point out in my book, the cases I have amassed, which now run into the thousands, are just the tip of the iceberg.

Daily Mail
20th July, 2012

A teenager who stabbed his father to death and injured his mother in their bedhad been detained indefinitely after it emerged that drugs and violent video games had ‘contributed’ to his mental illness.

Jordan Ryan from Blackburn, Lancashire, who is was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, had been playing a violent video game and also smoked cannabis and taken ‘bubble’ – a street nickname for mephedrone – on the night he fatally knifed Neil Ryan, 46, and injured his mother Deborah, 41.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2176605/Teenager-killed-father-attacked-mother-taking-drugs-playing-violent-video-games.html

Filed under ‘Murder, manslaughter and infanticide’.