Drug user battered stranger’s skull with violent hammer blows

Derby Telegraph | 28th July, 2020 |

A drug user who was smoking £40 of cannabis a day carried out a terrifying and unprovoked hammer attack on a total stranger in the street.

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/drug-user-battered-strangers-skull-4361710

‘Man took his mother’s car after she refused him drug money’

Northern Echo | 3rd June, 2020

Neil Bennett, mitigating, said Bloomfield knows his behaviour to his mother was “inexcusable”, while his driving was, “clearly reckless”, and it was only fortunate that no-one was injured.

Mr Bennett said Bloomfield began taking cannabis at the age of 20 and it led to him losing his job as an hgv mechanic.

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/18491597.man-took-mothers-car-refused-drug-money/

‘Partner stabbed in face by drunken girlfriend as she shouted ‘I’ll f***ing kill you”

Northern Echo | 4th June, 2020

The violent argument erupted after 25-year-old Cooper and her partner had spent they day drinking before returning home and smoking cannabis on April 25.

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/18493767.partner-stabbed-face-drunken-girlfriend-shouted-ill-f-ing-kill-you/

‘Killer caught brazenly smoking cannabis in front of police is spared prison’

Greenock Telegraph | 14th April, 2020 |

A CONVICTED killer caught brazenly smoking cannabis in front of police in the street has been spared prison because it was his first offence in five months since his release from his last jail term.

Stephen Shields — who was most recently locked up for a vicious head-kicking assault on a woman — was puffing on a joint in Port Glasgow’s Oronsay Avenue, when patrol officers spotted him.

Shields, 38, stubbed it out on the ground and then obstructed officers from carrying out a drug search by placing a piece of cannabis resin in his mouth and swallowing it.

He was previously sentenced to six years imprisonment for carrying out a fatal stabbing in the Port’s Rona Avenue in 2003.

Prosecutor Frankie Morgan said of Shields’ latest offences, committed on January 23: “This was 10.30am when police on patrol observed the accused at the locus, which is a residential area.

“Officers saw him smoking what appeared to be a reefer and there was a smell of cannabis.

“The accused was detained for a search.

“He was asked to put the joint out.

“He bent over and stubbed it on the ground and handed it to an officer.

“As he did so, he removed an item from his pocket, placed it in his mouth and swallowed it.

“The accused stated, ‘It was just a bit for a joint — I should have given it to you’.”

Shields pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis resin and to intentionally obstructing three police officers.

His not guilty plea to a charge of struggling violently with the PCs was accepted.

Shields, formally of Port Glasgow but now residing in Inverkip Street, Greenock, was also jailed in 2011 for a brutal baseball attack on a man.

He served his latest sentence last year after being found guilty of savagely punching and booting a woman in the Port’s Pladda Avenue.

Shields punched her on the head, caused her to fall to the ground, sat on top of her, seized her throat, repeatedly punched her on the body and kicked her on the head, all to her injury.

In 2003 he stabbed William Lyall, who was dating his sister at the time, twice — severing one of his arteries and causing him to bleed to death.

Sheriff Lindsay Kooner noted that there has been ‘nothing since his release from custody last August’.

The sheriff fined Shields a total of £385 for the cannabis offences.

https://www.greenocktelegraph.co.uk/news/18372684.killer-caught-brazenly-smoking-cannabis-front-police-spared-prison/

‘Attacker Smoked Cannabis’ now in print

I am pleased to announce that Attacker Smoked Cannabis: Suicide and Psychopathic Violence in the UK & Ireland is now available: ‘Attacker Smoked Cannabis: Suicide and Psychopathic Violence in the UK and Ireland’

Amongst the reviews is this from author and Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens:

I have read this book…and recommend it very highly. I should note that in an article on the dangers of Marijuana legalisation in The Times… (25/11/2019) Clare Foges commends the work which has led to its publication. Mr Grainger (whom I know) has worked very hard and diligently to compile details of material which is reported locally but not nationally. He has done a public service. 30 years ago many of the horrific crimes he recounts would have featured in national newspapers and on national broadcast bulletins. But the growth in such violence has meant that such events are no longer as exceptional as they once were, and so made them less prominent in national coverage. That does not mean they are not important. They are very important indeed. The correlation between marijuana use and serious violence is strong and notable, appears [to] be meaningful (as there is also a correlation between marijuana use and mental illness) and should plainly be investigated properly to see if it is causal. Nobody, aware of the facts Mr Grainger has collected, could possibly support Marijuana legalisation until this link has been properly investigated and either confirmed or dismissed by research. The information he has compiled is extremely important and has also been submitted in book form to the current Government inquiry into drugs and violence led by Professor Dame Carol Black. The material is extremely disturbing, and paints a picture of modern Britain which is deeply distressing yet not much reflected in the literature or public discussions of the day. Anyone who reads it will benefit from the knowledge it contains. I very much hope it achieves widespread circulation, and recommend it without reservation.

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Fire torture maniac is sent to jail

Birmingham Mail | 15th May 2007 |

Brotherton…had been smoking strong cannabis when he hatched his plot to get even and that had clearly affected his thinking.

A MAN who set a friend on fire after dousing him with petrol before laughing as he burned was today beginning an indeterminate prison sentence.

Judge Robin Onions at Wolverhampton Crown Court told Adam Brotherton his vicious attack had been “chilling in its conception, remorseless in its execution and horrifying in its consequences.”

He ruled that 22-year-old Brotherton should spend at least ten years behind bars before being considered for parole.

He told Brotherton: “I have to impose a sentence for the protection of the public. You represent a significant risk of harm to the public.”

Gardener Ian Smith, was tied to a tree at a secluded Walsall beauty spot and stabbed twice before being callously set on fire by Brotherton, the court heard.

The 24-year-old suffered 64 per cent burns in the attack, which robbed him of the “quality” of his life and Broth-erton had simply abandoned him at the Lime Pits nature reserve.

Brotherton had taken revenge on Mr Smith, of Friary Crescent, Rushall, because he had “grassed” on him to police.

Mr Smith had given the homeless, unemployed Brotherton a bed for the night and he repaid his kindness by stealing property including a Playstation and games from his flat.

“He showed you nothing but kindness and you simply helped yourself to his property,” said the judge.

Brotherton, he added, had been smoking strong cannabis when he hatched his plot to get even and that had clearly affected his thinking.

John Attwood, prosecuting, told the court how Mr Smith’s life had been ruined by the terrible attack.

He said Mr Smith had enjoyed gardening, fishing, cycling and dogminding but was now unable to fend for himself.

He cannot feed himself or even wipe his own nose and his movements have been restricted by the burns he suffered.

“He cannot go anywhere without people staring at him. The district nurse has to go in every day to treat his wounds,” said Mr Attwood.

“He is very frustrated because he cannot do the things he wants to do. His sleep is disturbed, he gets flashbacks and he suffers bad dreams.”

Brotherton, of Lichfield Road, Walsall, had denied attempted murder but was convicted on a unanimous verdict by the jury at the end of his eight-day trial.

Brotherton, who has 37 previous convictions, maintained in court he was not responsible for the attack and was with friends smoking cannabis.

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/fire-torture-maniac-is-sent-to-jail-40879

 

Voodoo worshipper on skunk who stabbed his fiance in the head blamed ‘a spell’

Daily Mirror | 28th Sep 2019 |

Cannabis user Andrew Hunye claimed he was ‘under a spell’ when he attacked his partner at their home in east London

A voodoo worshipper who claimed he was under a spell when he stabbed his fiance in her head has been jailed.

Cannabis user Andrew Hunye, 33, almost killed Tessie Adeyemi when he attacked her with a kitchen knife after he had been smoking skunk at the couple’s home in Chadwell Heath, east London.

Wood Green Crown Court heard the victim heard him shouting at himself in the kitchen where she found him lying naked on the floor “speaking in tongues”.

He stood up, pointed at the ceiling, then gestured at her and said “I am God and you are the devil” before grabbing a knife from another room and stabbing her three times in the neck and the back of the head.

Afterwards he went out onto the communal landing and did a dance of celebration before returning to their flat for a quick shower.

Ms Adeyemi fled the flat and was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The pair, who had booked tickets to Nigeria and Dubai to celebrate their wedding, were both religious and believe the knife attack was caused by a voodoo spell.

Ms Adeyemi, who suffers from  from facial paralysis since the attack, was supportive of Hunye throughout his trial and told the court they had a ‘good relationship’.

Hunye said in evidence: “I was not in a right state of mind, I had lost my mind, I was hearing voices.”

Psychiatrists told the court Hunye was not suffering from mental illness.

Judge David Aaronberg told him: “You and Ms Adeyemi have strong religious beliefs.

“You are both devoted Christians, you also both have traditional Nigerian beliefs regarding Voodoo or Juju.”

But the judge added: “English law does not recognise the concept of possession by an evil spirit”, he said.

He said that instead the attack resulted from “a combination of the beliefs and the consumption of skunk cannabis”.

He added: “If the defendant believed in it it might have impacted how he acted that day.”

Hunye denied any wrong doing but was convicted of attempted murder and jailed for 12-and-a-half years.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/voodoo-worshipper-skunk-who-stabbed-20320465

Jail for man who raped woman, 67, on her way to Christmas dance in Ayrshire

Scotsman | 26 June 2019 |

“On your own account, on the day in question you had been drinking alcohol and smoking cannabis and were angry.”

A sex attacker who brutally raped a pensioner as she made her way to a Christmas dance has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years .

James Black, 40, struck after the woman began walking through an unlit lane towards a hall in Saltcoats, Ayrshire.

A judge told Black: “You were convicted, on your own plea, of an extremely grave sexual offence, namely the rape to injury of a 67-year-old retired lady who was to all intents a stranger to you.”

Lord Arthurson said at the High Court in Edinburgh that the offence was “wholly despicable and utterly abhorrent”.

The judge said: “On your own account, on the day in question you had been drinking alcohol and smoking cannabis and were angry.”

He told Black, formerly of Stevenston, Ayrshire, that he would have faced a 10-year prison sentence but for his guilty plea.

The judge also ordered that Black should be kept under supervision for a further three years and warned that if he breached licence conditions during that period he could be returned to prison.

Black earlier admitted assaulting and raping the woman in December 8 last year at a lane at Canal Street, in Saltcoats.

During the attack he grabbed the victim, put an arm across her neck and struggled with her before putting his hands round her neck and forcing her to the ground.

Black pulled down the woman’s leggings and pants and forced her legs apart before raping her during the violent ordeal.

The sex attacker was later arrested in connection with another matter but told police: “That wisnae me. I chased a guy away from there.”

He then told a social worker that he had fallen out with his girlfriend, had followed someone, that something bad had happened and the woman was “very scared”.

Forensic scientists also found material linking Black to the attack on the woman who was unable to provide a description of the rapist.

Advocate depute Mark McGuire said that the woman travelled to Saltcoats to meet a relative and they went for a drink at a pub before she went to another bar on her way to the Christmas event.

After leaving the bar she began walking through the lane when Black approached her from behind and put his arm across her neck.

The woman struggled and tried to push him away but was forced to the ground. She kicked out to try to stop him taking off her boots, but he pulled down her pants and leggings and prised her legs apart.

The prosecutor said: “Nothing was said by either the accused or the complainer during the rape.”

Black fled following the sex attack and the woman went to the dance venue. She revealed what had happened to her to a barmaid and a taxi driver who encouraged her to contact the police.

She woke the following morning with pain in her back and thighs and saw her legs were bruised. She later spoke to a relative who called the police.

A trawl of CCTV footage showed the woman leaving a bar with a man following her a short time later. He was seen returning to the bar about half an hour later with a hand injury and dried blood on his head and hand.

The victim was found to have extensive bruising on her inner thighs, including finger mark imprints and injury to her genital area.

Defence counsel Lorraine Glancy said that alcohol and drugs have been “problematic issues” for Black in the past.

She said Black understood that a prison sentence was the only disposal available and added: “It is fair to say that he, upon his release into the community, will require close supervision.”

Black was placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/crime/jail-for-man-who-raped-woman-67-on-her-way-to-christmas-dance-in-ayrshire-1-4954596

Residents raised fears over killer McIntosh, months before attack on Dundee woman Linda

Dundee Evening Telegraph | 23rd August 2019 |

 “People were very worried – McIntosh was behaving in a very strange way that was drawing attention – including smoking cannabis in the garden at 4am.”

Residents in the tiny village where murderer Robbie McIntosh was released on home leave have revealed they warned authorities he would strike again – three months before his brutal attack on Linda McDonald.

Locals in Bridgefoot aired their fears at a meeting of Strathmartine Community Council in May 2017.

They also spoke to two local councillors, Craig Fotheringham and Beth Whiteside, asking the elected officials to intervene on their behalf and prevent the killer being released back into their community.

Some residents even admitted to being so worried at the time of McIntosh’s release that they stopped going for solitary walks and some women even began taking self-defence classes.

McIntosh was on day release from prison at the time of the violent attack on Ms McDonald, as he served a life sentence for stabbing dog walker Anne Nicoll to death on the Law in 2002 when he was just 15.

He was allowed out of prison on home leave and stayed with his mum in her flat in Bridgefoot in May 2017.

During that time his presence was closely monitored by concerned locals.

Now the community council has broken its silence on McIntosh’s presence in Bridgefoot at the time of his attack on Mrs McDonald, following news the victim’s wait for a significant case review has been extended even further.

Mrs McDonald has been told she could face another Christmas without answers over why McIntosh was released.

And a spokesman for the council revealed: “People were very worried – McIntosh was behaving in a very strange way that was drawing attention – including smoking cannabis in the garden at 4am.

“His presence was discussed at the meeting and we asked if anything could be done to monitor his activities and behaviour. The community police officer present advised us there was nothing the police could do as McIntosh ‘hadn’t done anything’.

“People were very worried and we were being told the police had no powers to do anything.”

The spokesman added: “Our fears were justified. When we heard about the attack on Mrs McDonald there was widespread horror.Locals were left horrified when McIntosh carried out his attack on Mrs McDonald.

“We had flagged up our concerns about him three months previously but no action was taken and he was able to strike again.”

Residents had also brought the issue up with Councillors Whiteside and Fotheringham before McIntosh’s second attack took place.

Ms Whiteside said: “I was approached by a few constituents over their concerns that McIntosh was being left free to roam locally.

“I raised the matter with Angus Council and received an assurance he would be closely monitored.

“I had to accept that. Unfortunately, as we now know, he was not being monitored and was able to carry out his horrendous attack.”

Police Scotland declined to comment until after the SRI is published.Mr Fotheringham, who was also at the community council meeting in May 2017, added: “I’m aware Councillor Whiteside raised the matter and received assurances.”

https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/residents-raised-fears-over-killer-mcintosh-months-before-attack-on-dundee-woman-linda/

Vincent Fuller: White supremacist car park stabbing ‘terrorist act’

BBC News | 10 Sep 2019 |

After the attack he tested positive for cannabis and alcohol and told detectives he had drunk a large bottle of cider and three cans of strong Special Brew lager.

A white supremacist who stabbed a teenager in what a judge described as a “terrorist act” has been jailed for more than 18 years.

Vincent Fuller, 50, attacked Bulgarian Dimitar Mihaylov in Stanwell, Surrey, a day after a gunman attacked mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Kingston Crown Court heard Fuller, who admitted attempted murder, had set out to kill Muslims.

Fuller denied a terrorist motive but Judge Peter Lodder QC rejected this.

On the night of 16 March, Fuller “roamed the streets” in a violent rage “looking for a target”, the court heard.

He initially armed himself with a Chelsea FC-branded baseball bat and went on the rampage.

During the spree he tried to force his way into a house, swung the bat at cars and was heard shouting racist abuse.

‘You’re going to die’

After the bat broke in half, Fuller returned home and armed himself with a knife.

He then approached 19-year-old Mr Mihaylov, who was parked outside a branch of Tesco with his friend, and stabbed him through the open window.

The court heard Fuller had twice shouted “You’re going to die” and plunged a large kitchen knife towards his victim’s neck.

Mr Mihaylov suffered defensive wounds to his hands, and the knife clipped his neck, the court heard.

“It was only by chance he was not killed,” said Judge Lodder.

Several witnesses heard Fuller screaming abuse during his “rampage”, including one who reported him saying: “All Muslims should die. White supremacists rule. I’m going to murder a Muslim.”

In a Facebook post just before the spree, Fuller praised alleged Christchurch gunman Brenton Tarrant, adding: “I am English, no matter what the government say kill all the non-English and get them all out of our of England.”

Judge Lodder told Fuller he was “motivated by the cause of white supremacy, and his personal anti-Muslim sentiments”, adding: “This was a terrorist act.”

“I find that it was your purpose to strike fear into the heart of people you described as non-English, in particular Muslims,” he said.

The judge added: “It is immaterial that there is no evidence that you were a member of, or subscribed to, to any particular group or organization.

“In my judgement a terrorist-related offence may be committed by a person acting alone, on his own initiative, and without any significant planning.”

In a police interview, Fuller, who has a British bulldog tattoo, denied being racist and said he could not remember what he had done.

After the attack he tested positive for cannabis and alcohol and told detectives he had drunk a large bottle of cider and three cans of strong Special Brew lager.

But the judge said a blood sample taken after the attack showed that Fuller – a regular drinker – was not intoxicated to a high degree.

Fuller, of Viola Avenue, carried out his attack the day after the murder of 51 Muslim worshippers in New Zealand by a white supremacist, who livestreamed most of the shootings online.

A video excerpt of the Christchurch massacre was found on Fuller’s mobile phone, the court heard.

‘Extreme right-wing view’

Fuller had previously admitted further charges of carrying a weapon, affray and racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress.

He was jailed for 18 years and nine months on Tuesday, with an additional five-year extended sentence.

Outside court, Supt Andy Rundle, from Surrey Police, said it was clear Fuller had become radicalised and developed “an extreme right-wing view”.

Det Ch Supt Kath Barnes, head of counter-terrorism at Policing South East, said Fuller was “clearly an incredibly angry and dangerous individual who went out of his way looking for someone of non-white appearance to attack”.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-49652977

Luis Temple inquest: Chantry School pupil did not intend suicide, says dad

Worcester News | 28 June 2018 |

He admitted his son had been smoking cannabis and drinking alcohol with friends on weekends, often in Worcester, since he was 13, but that this was almost never excessive.

THE dad of a teenager who hanged himself believes his son was “messing about” and did not intend to kill himself.

Luis Temple, 15, was discovered in his bedroom on the evening of Sunday, February 11, unconscious and not breathing before dad Wayne Temple began CPR before police and paramedics arrived.

During an inquest on Wednesday, coroner David Reid said while it appeared to be a deliberate act, “it’s not possible to reach a conclusion as to his intentions”.

However, Mr Temple told the court his son, a pupil at The Chantry School, was “always searching for the next thrill and the next thing that would give him a buzz”.

He admitted his son had been smoking cannabis and drinking alcohol with friends on weekends, often in Worcester, since he was 13, but that this was almost never excessive.

On the day of his death, Luis had spent the afternoon in Worcester with friends and admitted he had drank some alcohol when his dad picked him up at around 6.30pm.

A post mortem examination revealed he had a small amount of alcohol in his blood but no non-prescription drugs, said Mr Reid.

Speaking to the Worcester News after the hearing, Mr Temple, of Stourport-on-Severn, said: “It was not deliberate suicide. It was him being stupid and messing about.”

Sergeant Jemma Greenow, who was involved in the investigation into Luis’ death, said there were no suspicious circumstance surrounding the incident or any third-party involvement.

However, on examining his laptop and iPhone, officers found search “items that suggest Luis was looking at suicide videos” and information about depression medication.

She said these searches had been ongoing for a year with the latest as recent as three days before his death.

Luis was found unconscious by brother Rommi, 12, sometime after 8pm on February 11, before his dad and then two police officers performed CPR. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics at 9.40pm.

Mr Temple said Luis had fallen out with his main group of friends prior to starting at The Chantry and teachers told his parents for the first month he would often be alone at lunchtime.

However, he soon “found his feet” and built up a strong friendship group, including other teenagers in Worcester, where he spent most weekends.

Regarding his smoking cannabis, his dad told the court: “We talked about it quite often. We didn’t want to stop him outright and make him see it as the forbidden fruit.”

“People might disagree, but I am convinced our attitude stopped him moving onto other harder drugs.

“Some of his friends were taking ecstasy and various other drugs but Luis didn’t do any of that.”

Mr Temple said there was “no change to any mood or anything to cause concern”.

The court heard how Luis struggled to concentrate at school until in Year 10 he was diagnosed with convergence insufficiency, a condition in which the eyes are unable to work together when looking at nearby objects.

He was prescribed with special glasses and Mr Temple said his son’s school work improved, with the condition having caused him some distress before it was identified.

He said Luis was looking forward to life after his GCSEs, having just taken his mock exams, and was researching a catering course at the University of Worcester.

Mr Temple said while his son was a “happy chap” and could “talk the hind legs off a donkey” he and Luis’ mum Alison “didn’t have a clue” how popular their son was until after his death.

“The stories and things other kids were saying about the things he got up to in support of others, things off his own back to make other people feel better, were absolutely unreal,” he said.

“One lad at school had been scared to walk around on his own due to bullying and Luis would carry him around in a piggy-back, which meant he was late for his own classes. He then smoothed things over with the bullies.”

“Hearing all this made it easier because it was like we were still getting to know him, it was like he was still living,” added Mr Temple.

If something’s troubling you, Samaritans can be contacted 24 hours a day throughout the year for free on 116 123, or 020 8368 6789 at local call charge rates.

Alternatively, email jo@samaritans.org or visit www.samaritans.org/branches/worcester-samaritans

https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/16318428.luis-temple-inquest-chantry-school-pupil-did-not-intend-suicide-says-dad/

 

‘I will kill you all’ – what Sheffield machete attacker yelled inside McDonald’s as people fled in terror

The Star | 23 Aug 2019 |

[T]he defendant had come to the UK with his father and was ‘doing well’ until he fell in with the wrong crowd and started taking cannabis and then spice.

Daouda Sy sent terrified shoppers fleeing in fear of their lives, believing they were in the midst of a terrorist atrocity, as he launched the unprovoked attack on High Street, Sheffield, on the morning of January 31 this year.

The 21-year-old, of Wensley Street, in Grimesthorpe, was today jailed for 12 years after he admitted wounding with intent and possessing an offensive weapon.

Sheffield Crown Court heard how he had been high on spice, a synthetic form of cannabis, that morning when he went into the city centre intent upon attacking someone with the ‘murderous’ weapon, which had an 18-inch curved blade.

Jonathan Sharp, prosecuting, told how Sy was walking past a busy bus stop on the High Street at about 9.30am when he made eye contact with a 47-year-old man waiting there and shouted ‘you don’t believe in God’ before drawing the machete and stricking him powerfully over the head, leaving him with a two-and-a-half inch gash above the ear.

The terrified victim, who was bleeding heavily, fled into the neighbouring branch of McDonald’s along with other ‘hysterical’ bystanders.

Sy followed them inside still brandishing the weapon, which he banged on a handrail, and shouted ‘if you don’t believe in God… I will kill you all… you best believe in Allah’.

He then calmly turned and left the store before crossing the road and walking down the street towards the Fitzalan Square tram stop, holding the machete by his side, until he was tackled by police who were on the scene within about 90 seconds and ordered him to drop the weapon, which he did, before pinning him to the ground.

Mr Sharp described how Sy, who was born in Guinea and came to the UK aged 18 with his father, had previously been arrested for brandishing an axe on High Street, Sheffield, on March 29 last year, for which he was sentenced to a 12-month community order.

The court also heard how the defendant had been arrested and released under investigation over allegations that he was in the street carrying two machetes on December 8, 2018.

Sentencing Sy for what he described as a ‘truly wicked attack’ with a ‘murderous weapon’, Judge Jeremy Richardson, the Recorder of Sheffield, said: “Not only was the victim injured as a result of your actions, ordinary members of the public who were in the city centre that morning were utterly terrified by your conduct.

“Those involved thought they were in the midst of a terrorist outrage and, having seen the DVD recording of the incident, I can wholly understand why they were utterly terrified.”

He continued: “Your intention that day was as clear as clear could be, and that was to attack anyone in the city centre.”

He added that it was highly likely the secretary of state would order Sy’s deportation back to his native country.

Sy, who was wearing a grey Gucci jumper and sat during the judge’s remarks with his hands clasped to his mouth, as if in prayer, said as the sentence was revealed ‘I didn’t mean to do it. I’m sorry’.

A video played in court showed panic-stricken members of the public scurrying into McDonald’s, followed by Sy, who was later seen to emerge and walk calmly away.

Mr Sharp said: “McDonald’s was busy that morning and numerous witnesses spoke about their terror at seeing the defendant speaking and behaving as he did.

“More than one thought a terrorist incident was taking place and that the lives of many wer [sic] in danger.

“One person was hyperventilating and had to use a paper bag to allow her to breathe. Several McDonald’s staff had to be sent home suffering from shock.

“The general reaction can be summed up by two witnesses who were inside McDonald’s.

“One said ‘I think the most terrifying part of this is that he could have attacked anyone and we were right there’.

“Another, who had run away and hidden in the toilets, said ‘I thought I was going to walk upstairs and find everybody dead’, while a third said ‘I honestly felt like I was going to die in a massacre’.”

The court heard how Sy was made the subject of an interim hospital order and admitted to Wathwood Hospital but psychologists concluded there was ‘nothing mentally wrong with him’ and his behaviour that morning was ‘wholly induced by his consumption of spice’.

Errol Ballentyne, defending, told how Sy could not remember anything from that morning and was ‘contrite’ and ‘full of remorse’.

He said the defendant had come to the UK with his father and was ‘doing well’ until he fell in with the wrong crowd and started taking cannabis and then spice.

He told how Sy had been the victim of racist chants from residents after moving to a council home and was himself the victim of a machete attack at a local shop on December 8 last year in which his hand was cut to the bone.

He claimed it was after this that the defendant had started arming himself for his own defence.

Speaking outside the court, Mr Sharp said: “Daouda Sy was a regular user of the street drug spice and was well aware of the effect it had on him, having already been prosecuted for brandishing an axe whilst under its influence in March 2018.

“This was an entirely unprovoked and vicious attack, and it is only by great good fortune that the consequences were not more serious still.

“Sy also put many bystanders in genuine fear of their lives that day through his actions. He is clearly an unstable individual when under the influence of drugs. The sentenced passed today underlines the gravity of his offending.”

Sy was sentenced to 12 years in prison for wounding with intent, two years for possessing an offensive weapon and 12 months for breaching the community order issued following the earlier offence, with all sentences to run concurrently.

He was also charged with a third count of affray, which was left to lie on file.

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/crime/i-will-kill-you-all-what-sheffield-machete-attacker-yelled-inside-mcdonalds-as-people-fled-in-terror-491890

Man jailed after skunk-induced attack on vulnerable man with whiskey bottle

Gloucestershire Live | 9 Sep 2017 |

“It is an illustration of the dangers of smoking cannabis.”

Martin Francis has been jailed for ten years after hitting a vulnerable man over the head with a whiskey bottle in his own home in a drug-induced random attack.

Francis, 41, described as a ‘quiet and gentle family man’, assaulted Akinjide Otuneyinwa after taking some strong skunk cannabis, Gloucester crown court was told.

Mr Otuneyinwa, who is in his sixties and has an electric pump attached to his heart, was hit over the head twice with the bottle and kicked by Francis.

At the trial last month father of four Francis, of Great Western Road, Gloucester, was convicted by a jury of wounding Mr Otuneyinwa with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm on September 23 last year.

Mr Otuneyinwa was having supper and watching TV when Francis walked into his house in St Philips close, Hucclecote.

The householder was shocked to see Francis pick up a whiskey bottle, walk over to him and hit him over the head.

Mr Otuneyinwa fled the house and ran onto his driveway while his shocked five-year-old son watched on.

Francis chased after him and hit him again with the Jack Daniels bottle, knocking him to the ground and then kicked him.

Mr Otuneyinwa managed to get to his feet and flee to the home of neighbour Jean Young.

Bleeding profusely from a gash on the back of his head he smashed a pane of glass in her front door in his desperation to get help.

On Friday, dreadlocked Francis was back in the dock for sentence and his barrister, George Threlfall, urged the court not to pass as long a jail term as the 9-16 year bracket in the sentencing guidelines suggested.

“This is an unusual case because the defendant is not a man who is habitually given to violence or going into peoples’ houses,” said the barrister.

“I think I can say as a matter of common sense that this offence was drug related, without a shadow of a doubt.”

Judge Jamie Tabor QC said he agreed, with the evidence at the trial showing Francis was agitated, disturbed and incoherent that day.

He said the scenario appeared to be that on his way to visit a poorly cousin in St Philip’s Close, Francis had witnessed a road accident and had been so disturbed by it he stopped and smoked some cannabis which he found to be unusually strong.

He then arrived at his aunt’s house, was upset by the condition of his cousin, and went out to smoke again – before wandering into Mr Otuneyinwa’s home by mistake.

Mr Threlfall said “He had smoked some skunk on route to his aunt’s house.

“It was stronger than he was used to and clearly took him by surprise – it ambushed him and destabilised his equilibrium.

“It is an illustration of the dangers of smoking cannabis.”

Francis was ‘deeply and genuinely remorseful’ about what he had done, the barrister said.

“Everyone who knows him speaks of him as a gentle, kind and loving partner and father. His relationship with his partner is solid and will endure the long separation while he is incarcerated.

“He is absolutely determined to stop smoking cannabis and to take advantage of the time in prison to overcome his dyslexia and learn to read.”

Sam Small, prosecuting, said Mr Otuneyinwa and his family had been so traumatised by the incident that they feel they will have to move house before Francis is released from prison.

Jailing Francis for ten years the judge told him “Mr Otuneyinwa’s life has been turned upside down by this. He has installed burglar alarms and bought himself a dog to protect himself and his young boy who was in the house at the time and was aware of something terrible taking place.

“Your childrens’ [sic] lives and indeed your partner’s life and your own have also been transformed – all because you decided to continue to break the law and smoke this drug.”

Francis blew a kiss to the public gallery before being taken to the cells.

https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/man-jailed-after-skunk-induced-450245

Man jailed after leaving girlfriend for dead in Camden Road hotel – because he ‘thought dead friend was communicating with her’

Ham & High | 20 Aug 2019 |

A former student at City Academy, Hackney, he had been “smoking cannabis and drinking brandy” to excess in the weeks between his friend’s murder and the attack on Ms Albano. But despite smoking in the hotel bathroom, he had not been incapacitated by drink or drugs on the night in question, the court heard.

Japhet Bokwa, 19, was convicted of the brutal assault – which has left his former partner Joana Albano, with permanent brain damage – earlier this year.

He will serve a minimum of six and a half years in prison – less the year and a month he has spent on remand.

Judge John Dodds QC said the life sentence was justified because “there’s no way of telling the length of time you will remain dangerous”.

The attack happened at the Dome Camden hotel in June last year.

The young couple – who were both studying for further education qualifications – chose to stay the night there.

In the morning, Bokwa left the hotel after 11.30. Ms Albano – 18 at the time of the attack and from Hoxton – was found on the floor of their room with horrific injuries to her head, face, neck, arms and legs.

She spent the next seven months in a vegetative state.

Passing sentence, Judge Dodds said he had been left with no option but to consider Bokwa as dangerous and lock him up for life given the level of violence used towards the “much-loved” Ms Albano and the fact it had coincided with a psychotic episode – which medical experts had told the court was “likely” to happen again.

The unusually low minimum tariff reflected the fact that, in different circumstances, the judge would have passed a 13-year sentence.

He said: “On June 15 last year you and your girlfriend booked into a hotel in Camden intending to spend the night together. You left the hotel the following day. Your girlfriend was close to death. She had been brutally assaulted many times and left in a state of undress.

“You came very close to murdering her – that’s the harsh reality of this case. She had her whole life before her and you have taken that away from her and her family. She was an intelligent and ambitious young woman with great plans for the future. Those plans have been dashed.

“No sentence I can pass today can possibly […] repair the damaged caused.”

In mitigation, defence lawyer Ms Nerida Harford-Bell said Bokwa had been disturbed by the murder of “close friend” Israel Ogunsola in April 2018. Israel was stabbed by Jonathan Abora and another man who has yet to be found in Link Street, Hackney.

“That’s very much the background,” Ms Harford-Bell said, adding Bokwa had “no history of violence, anti-social behaviour or any criminal behaviour” prior to the attack.

The judge accepted Bokwa had suffered a pyschotic episode either during the attack or in its immediate aftermath.

A former student at City Academy, Hackney, he had been “smoking cannabis and drinking brandy” to excess in the weeks between his friend’s murder and the attack on Ms Albano. But despite smoking in the hotel bathroom, he had not been incapacitated by drink or drugs on the night in question, the court heard.

Although Bokwa did not give evidence, he had told a member of staff at the John Howard secure unit – where he was held for a number of months after being sectioned following his arrest – that he had “believed his dead friend was communicating with her” and that Ms Albano was “possessed by the devil”.

In a statement read in court by prosecutor Ms Usha Shergill on behalf of Ms Albano’s family, her cousin said: “The events of June 15, 2018, have totally transformed our lives. She was outgoing, focused and independent and she had a close network of friends. She was like a sister, and I remain in disbelief and shock.”

After the sentencing, Det Con Paul Needley of Camden and Islington’s safeguarding unit told this newspaper: “Bokwa’s actions resulted in what the judge rightly described as a brutal and sustained attack on a defenceless and innocent young woman. This attack has led to her life being altered forever.

“Domestic violence is a serious crime. It is a crime perpetrated by someone you love and who is supposed to love you. This case illustrates the real damage caused by this sort of offence.”

The detective added that, although Ms Albano had been unable to speak for herself at the trial, Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service “will always stand with victims of this horrendous crime and will prosecute those who perpetrate it”.

https://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/crime-court/japhet-bokwa-hackney-man-gets-life-sentence-for-domestic-violence-attack-in-camden-hotel-1-6225562

 

Prolific cannabis smoker and dealer stabs to death prolific cannabis smoker and dealer who stole his scooter

A dismal case that reeks of cannabis: Three men guilty of killing teenager Brandon Regan – trial updates

“Steven Jones suffered no injury. He was never struck a single blow. He stabbed Brandon Regan with a knife four times, in his own evidence as hard as he possibly could, and the final blow in the middle of the back broke the rib.”

 

Does knife and gun crime have anything to do with controlling drug markets?

An updated version of an article from several months ago.

In an article of February 2019, the Sun, as numerous other newspapers and activists have done before and since, claimed that ‘knife crime and shootings are on the rise fuelled by gang rivalry and disputes over drug markets.’ This theory is appealing, but erroneous. It is the effect of cannabis on the mind, not a desire to control the trade in it, that is the more common and important factor. To analyse this, let us examine the 132 cases of homicide that occurred in London in 2018.

Over 70 of these cases patently have nothing to do with gangs seeking to control a drugs market, but may have a lot to do with minds unhinged from drug consumption. They include:

  • a man who violently murdered an elderly neighbour, then set fire to her house;
  • a man who killed his wife with a meat cleaver;
  • a man who stabbed his wife to death, then drugged their two sons with a sedative and threw them and himself off a cliff;
  • a man who stabbed and strangled his wife in front of their young son;
  • a man who killed his heavily pregnant wife with a crossbow (which the eight-month-old baby survived);
  • a man who killed his wife of 50 years after she left him for another man;
  • a man who strangled his wife and set her body alight after taking out a £300,000 life insurance policy;
  • a woman stabbed over 50 times in her home by her nephew, who once claimed he was Jesus Christ and wished to be renamed ‘Emperor’;
  • a mentally ill man who strangled his mother and stabbed her with a knitting needle the day after she had taken him to hospital;
  • a man who strangled his mother after she asked him to move out of the family home;
  • a ‘paranoid schizophrenic’ man who stabbed his mother;
  • a man who killed his ex-wife after she refused to sleep with him ‘one last time’;
  • a man who stabbed his heavily pregnant girlfriend to death with a pair of scissors, killing the seven-month-old baby;
  • a man who stabbed his girlfriend over 50 times after he discovered another man had sent her a photo of his penis;
  • a woman who killed her neighbour with broken bottles, scissors and an ashtray;
  • a woman who killed her friend with a pair of scissors after a drunken night out;
  • a man who stabbed his brother to death, barricaded himself in his bedroom, and was eventually sectioned;
  • an inmate at HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs stabbed to death in his cell;
  • a shopkeeper killed by a head injury suffered during a fall caused by a drunk 16-year-old boy to whom he refused to sell Rizla papers;
  • a burglar who stabbed a pensioner in his home;
  • a fashion model who stabbed another model in a row over a girlfriend;
  • an illegal immigrant who stabbed a colleague 12 times with an axe after the victim discovered he’d been stealing money from their employer;
  • a man who stabbed his flatmate in a ‘drunken row’;
  • a man who stabbed his flatmate with a potato peeler;
  • a man who killed a friend in a row over a motorbike;
  • a ‘paranoid schizophrenic’ man who stabbed his 56-year-old female flatmate repeatedly and doused her body in lighter fluid after she failed to flush the toilet;
  • a prostitute who deliberately started a fire at a hotel that killed one of the hotel’s employees;
  • a young man stabbed in a shopping centre by a gang of five “hell bent on causing as much torment and misery as they could that evening, to anyone in particular”, according to a senior police officer;
  • a man who knocked a fellow bus passenger to the ground and repeatedly stamped on his head, then falsely claimed in court that he knew the victim and murdered him over a previous dispute;
  • a former altar-boy who viciously stabbed a convicted paedophile to death after learning that he once sexually abused a six-year-old girl;
  • a former ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ finalist murdered by her boyfriend;
  • the crushing to death of three-year-old Alfie Hoare;
  • the poisoning of prominent American businessman Eric Michels by a man he met on a gay dating app;
  • a man who killed a transgender woman.

In a further ten cases there is no mention of drugs or drug gang rivalry, while 38 cases are awaiting a verdict or a trial, or are still being investigated, but without any mention or suggestion that the death was the result of gangs fighting over trading areas.

That leaves 11 cases, nine of which say little about the wisdom of legalising cannabis as a pleasure drug and a great deal about the staggering effects it can have on mental health.

In one, a cannabis dealer named Mark Fontaine was stabbed to death by three teenagers because he refused to return a phone one of them dropped in his car during a failed mugging some days earlier.

In a similar case, Abdirahman Abdullahi was acquitted of both the murder and manslaughter of 25-year-old Ali Al Har, whom he knew, after robbing him at knifepoint of a large quantity of cannabis, of which he was found guilty. Moments after being robbed, Mr Har chased his assailant and a grapple ensued, in which Abdullahi fatally stabbed his victim in ‘self-defence’ with a ‘fearsome’ knife he had been carrying.

In another, 20-year-old Osman Shidane was stabbed to death by his 16-year-old cannabis dealer during a rendezvous that was not the first of its kind between the two, and to which both went armed with knives. The cause of the dispute is unknown, but there is no suggestion that the killer considered the victim a threat to his illegal trade.

46-year-old Ian Tomlin was beaten to death with a baseball bat and stabbed in the neck by two drug dealers he had aggressively confronted (the bat was his own) near his home in Battersea, the climax of many months of tension between the three men.

Daniel Frederick was stabbed to death in a case of mistaken identity in an unprovoked attack outside his home as he returned to his pregnant girlfriend by five stoned youths seeking revenge for an attack on one of their friends in prison by a member of a rival gang they wrongly believed their victim to be part of.

Alex Glanfield-Collis plunged a seven-inch hunting knife into her ‘controlling and domineering’ boyfriend as he slept, then smoked a joint and drank a beer as he lay dying.

Martin Welsh was stabbed to death by his wife during one of their frequent rows, which occurred despite the fact or because the couple smoked cannabis together.

30-year-old Marcel Campbell died after being stabbed 17 times by 22-year-old Reece Williams, who was cleared of murder, but found guilty of manslaughter. Williams claims the reason he joined Mr Campbell in a van being driven by one of Campbell’s friends the fateful afternoon was to purchase cannabis from Mr Campbell.

Why Gary Hopkins decided to violently murder his young drug-dealing associate Abdi Ali with a claw hammer and knife one August day in the house he (Hopkins) shared with his wife and three children remains a mystery (he is said to simply have “lost it”), but the nature of the crime, the fearful testimony of his wife that her husband was a “loose cannon” and Hopkins’ subsequent attempts to intimidate other dealers by showing them the body of Ali in his loft (which would lead to his arrest and conviction) suggest a level of mental lucidity that is less than total.

Finally, there is the murder of Rotimi Oshibanjo by his half-brother Mark Tyrone Thomas, who was wrongly convinced that his sibling was having an affair with his girlfriend. A report of the trial notes: ‘Over the last sixth months before the incident, [Thomas] started to change… His appearance declined, he was scruffy and he stopped bathing. He was listening to conspiracy theories on his laptop and smoking cannabis.’

That leaves two cases, the murders of Balbir Johal and Memunatu Warne, that ostensibly occurred because of rival drug gangs fighting over trading territory. When the trial in the former case ended, the Daily Mail claimed in its headline ‘Two drug dealers who killed rival, 48, with large kitchen knife after they caught him selling crack cocaine and heroin on their patch are jailed for a total of 43 years’, but this is contradicted by the defendants’ barrister, who said in mitigation, “there is no evidence of a drugs war or drugs feud…Southall [where the murder occurred] is a large place”, adding that the meeting of victim and assailants was a coincidence. It also appears that the defendants initially wanted only to intimidate the victim, but one of them, when beaten off, went back to his car to fetch a large kitchen knife. Put all this together, and what we have is not a simmering gang rivalry exacerbated by slim profit margins, but two young and likely drug-addled men who, after a pitiful attempt to intimidate a fellow drug dealer, reacted with savage violence.

The tragic death of Memunatu Warne, a 46-year-old headmistress from Sierra Leone, in a fire that was started deliberately, is the only remaining case that appears to fit the popular theory that London and the UK are awash with charismatic drug dealers who make calculated business decisions to eliminate rivals. Even here, though, as the prosecuting barrister in the trial acknowledged, there is no “direct evidence what the motive for it was”. Without that evidence, we are left with a case that resembles many others in this list and on this site in a number of telling ways: young men (aged 26 and 22) of no fixed address, with ready access to mind-altering drugs, commit a psychotic yet cack-handed and failed assassination. Had they crunched the numbers, and decided that the only way their illegal enterprise could survive was to eliminate a particular rival? Or was there very little in their heads at all, other than paranoia, insecurity and rage? Naturally, the Evening Standard, a new mouthpiece for Big Dope, claimed that this was a case of drug dealers attacking a ‘rival’s’ home, as it elsewhere claims that only with legalisation of cannabis will attacks like this cease. It is instead, as so often, the effect of cannabis on the brain, not a desire to control the trade in it, that is the prime factor.

Those ten shocking cases of psychopathic violence committed by men against women

Here are the ten cases (from a catalogue of hundreds) that I list in my recent article for Conservative Woman:

Youth guilty of Dundee murder:  ‘The court heard that McIntosh [the defendant], who had been smoking cannabis, alarmed three strollers on Law Hill with his odd behaviour shortly before the killing.’ (17 Apr 2002)

Killer’s chilling promise to victim: ‘She [Stephanie Hancock] was strangled, battered and stabbed at her Hampshire home. Winchester Crown Court heard how Caswell, 31, was unable to accept their relationship had ended. Days before the murder he told a friend that he would “probably kill her”. He fulfilled his promise on July 22 by murdering Stephanie as she slept at their home on Pegasus Close, Gosport. The court also heard how Caswell suffered from a personality disorder because of a long-term dependence on cannabis.’ (19 Dec 2002)

Jodi’s killer to serve at least 20 years in jail: ‘The boyfriend of Jodi Jones was told yesterday that he would spend at least 20 years behind bars for the murder of the 14-year-old schoolgirl. Sentencing Luke Mitchell, 16, at Edinburgh high court, Lord Nimmo Smith linked the attack to the killer’s heavy cannabis use and fascination with the occult and the goth rocker Marilyn Manson… The judge also linked Mitchell’s use of cannabis to the killing. “I do not subscribe to the notion that this is a harmless recreational drug,” he said. “In your case, I think that it may well have contributed to your being unable to make the distinction between fantasy and reality which is essential for normal moral judgments [sic]”.’ (12 Feb 2005)

Skunk addicted schizophrenic fulfils sick fantasy by killing a black woman:  ‘Psychiatric reports stated that Maxwell was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, and his abnormality was so great that it affected his judgment [sic].The reports also said his condition was exacerbated by the heavy use of skunk.’ (3 Apr 2007)

Teen guilty of dog walker murder: ‘Adrian Jones, 17, beat Kelly Hyde, 24, from Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, around the head with a barbell. Jones did not know his victim and police said they still did not know his motive. He sobbed in the dock as the verdict was read out… He told the jury he came across a dog lead used by Ms Hyde as he walked along the bridle path smoking cannabis on the day she disappeared.’ (17 July 2008)

Cannabis smoking led to brutal killing, court hears: ‘Marc Middlebrook, 27, had ignored repeated warnings to quit the drug when he stabbed Stephanie Barton 15 times with three knives as she lay naked in his bed. Middlebrook had become convinced she was part of a plot to kill him and he “wanted to put her out of her misery”.’ (7 Oct 2008)

Cannabis-smoking schizophrenic butchered gran on Christmas Day after wishing her a ‘merry Christmas’: ‘Labourer Maxwell Twyman, who had smoked super-strength skunk for the previous 10 years, knifed 62-year-old Valerie as she lay in bed in the Kent home they shared. After the brutal killing the 25-year-old calmly walked round to his aunt and uncle’s house to wish them season’s greetings and deliver presents before confessing: ‘I’ve killed my grandmother.’ (21 Nov 2008)

Gemma Simpson death: Martin Bell jailed for 12 years: ‘The new report confirmed that doctors had considered Bell’s cannabis use may have contributed to or exacerbated Bell’s illness and he had smoked the drug on the day he killed Miss Simpson in his Harrogate flat.’ (19 Dec 2014)

Church-going cannabis user who strangled his grandmother and drowned his aunt is jailed for life: ‘Christopher Whelan, 21, armed himself with an axe and a pen knife during the killing of Julie Hill, 51, and 75-year-old Rose Hill after cannabis use “exacerbated” his violent thoughts linked to an obsessional disorder.’ (21 Nov 2016)

Xixi Bi Llandaff murder: Jordan Matthews jailed for life: ‘He accepted he was smoking “quite a lot” of cannabis at the time and the court heard he felt “insecure” when his girlfriend visited her family in China.’ (21 Feb 2017)