Edward Reeve: Two teens jailed for stabbing vulnerable man to death

BBC News | 28th September 2022

Two teenagers who befriended a vulnerable man before stabbing him to death in his own home have been jailed.

Jack Hindley and Samuel Jones, both 17, killed 35-year-old Edward Reeve in Christchurch, Dorset, on 31 December.

Winchester Crown Court heard the pair “berated” Mr Reeve in front of their friends before stabbing him eight times and fist-bumping in celebration.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-63047354

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Bournemouth Echo

“Whilst there the two defendants were smoking cannabis and drinking alcohol. The group moved up to the music. 

“[O]ne girl described how the defendants came into the music room and moved a chest of drawers in front of the door, preventing him from coming back in.

“They began to punch the walls, causing damage to the plaster. The girls began screaming at them to stop which they did, Mr Reeve came back asking why are they trashing the house.”

https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/20253684.edward-reeve-murder-trial-live-updates-case-opening/

World Anti-Doping Agency decides cannabis to remain banned substance in sport

BBC Sport | 23rd September

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/63006026

This story is interesting for the news itself, but also for this line midway through: ‘In the UK cannabis is a class B drug and possession carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and an unlimited fine.’

I think that every time this fact is noted, it should be followed by something along the lines of ‘but in fifty years nobody has ever gone to prison solely for cannabis possession, and the fines issued, far from being “unlimited”, are usually around one hundred pounds, and quite often less. Moreover, while there are several million cannabis smokers in the country, the number of people who receive even these lax punishments is in the low tens of thousands.’

‘Innocent and defenceless’ – the night of alcohol and drugs that ended with the murder of toddler Santina Cawley

Irish Independent | 17th May 2022

An alcohol- and drug-fuelled night led to the horrific beating to death of “an innocent and defenceless” two-year-old girl.

Karen Harrington (38) was jailed for life after a Central Criminal Court jury found her guilty by unanimous verdict of the shocking killing of Santina Cawley (2)…

Earlier that evening, after several hours of drinking and smoking cannabis, Harrington had gone home in tears after being called “a prostitute” by Mr Cawley who also accused her of being with “foreigners”.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/innocent-and-defenceless-the-night-of-alcohol-and-drugs-that-ended-with-the-murder-of-toddler-santina-cawley-41656597.html

Patient refused entry to theme park with medical cannabis

Cannabis Health News | 28th July 2022

For a change, and a laugh, enjoy this amazing story, particularly this part:

The 28-year-old, who has held a prescription for cannabis to manage his mental health issues [my emphasis] for a number of years, visited the popular amusement park on 30 June, with some friends who had travelled from the US.

Dorset PCC Sidwick tells MPs not to decriminalise cannabis

Dorset Echo | 22nd June 2022

“There’s two issues here one, would it make life any easier from the point of view of the crime aspect? No. Unequivocally.

“So it won’t change a thing, it will just make it worse.

“If we are looking at it from a public health perspective, look, this has been tried.

“Portugal had a 30-fold increase in its psychosis hospitalisations between 2010 and 2015.

“Scotland itself mentioned a 74 per cent increase in the same thing it was reported in the papers in January.

“Professors of psychiatry are calling for cannabis to be a class A drug again.

“The US we know that every four minutes somebody is hospitalised for psychosis from cannabis.”

https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/20225325.dorset-pcc-sidwick-tells-mps-not-decriminalise-cannabis/

Parents smoked cannabis while they left five children living in ‘vile’ home with mouldy food

Birmingham Mail | 9th July 2022

Two parents have been jailed after five children under 12 were found living in horrendous “squalor” in their home – with cannabis left in their reach. Lee Carnell, 32, and his ex-girlfriend, Sarah Lamb, 33, admitted a series of child cruelty offences.

A court heard human excrement was found smeared on walls near toothbrushes in the family’s bathroom and there were only four beds for seven people in the house where there were no carpets and glass on the floor. The twisted parents smoked cannabis in front of the children – which was left within their reach -and one of the boys was banned from using the toilet at night so had to urinate in his room as he was so scared of Carnell.

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/parents-smoked-cannabis-left-five-24443992

Peter Hitchens: “Why don’t they ask whether these mass killers are on drugs?”

Mail+ | 25th May 2022

My experience in this country is that the police are very reluctant to discuss the role of illegal drugs in violence. This is, I think, usually because I am the only person asking and they do not want to discuss it. So they do not have to. Yet an appalling number of violent crimes are committed in this country by drug abusers, especially marijuana abusers, as Ross Grainger’s website documents in grim and growing detail.  Mr Grainger has repeatedly tried to get official inquiries to take note of his survey, but with little success. 

https://www.mailplus.co.uk/edition/comment/185071/why-dont-they-ask-whether-these-mass-killers-are-on-drugs

Terrifying moment ‘Terminator’ Tube attacker starts wild Underground machete attack as he swings blade at commuter he had never met is revealed as he is convicted of attempted murder

Daily Mail | 20th

Forensic psychologist Dr Frank Farnham said Morgan had a ‘troubled childhood’ having been taken into foster care between the ages of 12 and 16.

Morgan told Dr Farnham that he first took cannabis when he was 12 and this increased his paranoia.

He also had a history of cocaine use, taking crack from the age of 20.

Dr Farnham said Morgan ‘probably has a personality disorder’, adding:

‘Heavy drinking, lockdown, isolation…are all important things that led to an acute mental crisis’, said Dr Farnham.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10837445/Ricky-Morgan-guilty-Terminator-tube-attack.html

Hero Brit backpacker died trying to save woman from frenzied knife attack

Daily Mirror | 13th April 2022

A hero backpacker who tried to save the life of a fellow traveller during a “frenzied knife attack” died when he was stabbed in the head in an Australian hostel.

Thomas Leslie Jackson, from Cheshire , bravely went to the aid of fellow Brit Mia Ayliff-Chung when she had been stabbed several times at Home Hill, Queensland.

Miss Ayliff-Chung, from Derbyshire, was pronounced dead at the scene while Mr Jackson died from his severe injuries in Townsville Hospital six days later, Cheshire Live reports.

An inquest into Mr Jackson’s death heard French backpacker Smail Ayad carried out the attack while ‘psychotic and under the influence of cannabis’.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/hero-brit-backpacker-died-trying-26700165

Although this murder took place in Australia, I have added it to the site (which heretofore featured only crimes from the UK and Ireland) because the victim was British.

Doctor murdered in homophobic attack by two men and teenage girl

Wales Online | 3rd February 2022

A doctor was murdered in a homophobic attack carried out by two men and a teenage girl in a Cardiff park after they targeted a gay man to rob.

Dr Gary Jenkins, 54, was brutally beaten, kicked and punched to death in Bute Park in the early hours of July 20 last year.

Audio of the horrendous attack, carried out by Jason Edwards, 25, Lee Strickland, 36, and Dionne Timms-Williams, 17, depicted Dr Jenkins pleading for help and for his attacks to “Leave me alone” but his cries were left unheeded…

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Witness Owain Hill explains how the encounter with the group he met in Bute Park in the early hours of July 20 last year developed…

“There’s a wooden seating area we sat on behind the Summerhouse Cafe and they just asked me about being gay. The one who was originally sat down he started lighting a cigaretts of cannabis I think.

“In that moment I started getting uncomfortable and made an excuse to leave… I believe I said I had work in the morning so had to go… I just felt they were really intoxicated and by that point I had sobered up and didn’t want to be around that.

“I thought they were pressuring me to drink with them and they were going to pressure me into smoking with them which I didn’t want to do, I wanted to leave really.”

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Edwards says he hadn’t taken cannabis or crack on the day in question, and had only drunk alcohol – he puts his level of intoxication as seven out of 10.

In response to questions from officers the defendants says he takes cannabis to make him “calmer”, and that he takes it because he is no longer given Rital for his ADHD.

Officer: “How much do you smoke?”

Edwards: “Enough.”

Officer: “How much does it cost you?”

Edwards: “No comment.”

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Edwards says he was unable to get cannabis or crack in the city centre on the day in question but that friends he wouldn’t name had bought him alcohol. He denies committing crime to buy drugs, saying his use is funded through benefits and his nan.

He says he uses cannabis as “self-medication”.

The jury is now hearing details of another interview with Edwards. When the officer mentions CCTV audio from the Summerhouse Cafe in Bute Park the defendant said he has remembered being chased by undercover police officers in the early hours of the morning. He said he ran from officers because he had cannabis on him, and did not want to get caught, and that he hid in a block of flats before going home.

Asked why he had not mentioned this incident before, Edwards replied: “It’s only just coming back to me.” The defendant says cannabis affects his memory and that he is addicted to it, calling it his “medication”. Edwards describes his use of crack cocaine as a “hobby”.

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/bute-park-murder-trial-court-22849979

Manchester Arndale attack: Man who randomly assaulted five people in shopping centre with knife sentenced

Sky News | 17th January 2022

The court heard Chevelleau – a regular cannabis user – suffers from a schizophrenic illness which has been resistant to treatment.

He was admitted to hospital in 2006 for a psychiatric illness, while his mother said he was diagnosed in prison with schizophrenia when he was 21.

A consultant forensic psychiatrist had previously told the court he thought it was “highly unlikely” Chevelleau would have committed the offences if he had not been suffering from schizophrenia.

https://news.sky.com/story/manchester-arndale-attack-man-who-randomly-assaulted-five-people-in-shopping-centre-with-knife-sentenced-12518279

Peter Hitchens: ‘A foolish silence’

Mail on Sunday | 2nd January 2022

‘For some time I have tried to find out if drugs – especially marijuana – may have been involved in cases of apparently irrational violence. This is because the excellent Ross Grainger has compiled the website Attacker Smoked Cannabis, which records the huge number of crazed violent crimes in this country, where the perpetrator has been found to have been taking this drug. I suspect there are many more, where it never comes out.

The police are astonishingly unhelpful in such matters. I think this may be because they are rightly embarrassed about their almost total failure to enforce the law against marijuana possession.

Anyway, you might like to know that when I asked if any investigation had been made into whether the suspect in the recent Windsor Castle incident had used illegal drugs, Scotland Yard refused to answer the question.’

https://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2022/01/this-is-peter-hitchens-mail-on-sunday-column-last-week-i-described-a-long-ago-christmas-in-moscow-in-those-days-the-capi.html

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