‘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’