Daily Mirror | 13th April 2022
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’.
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.
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…
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.”
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?”
Officer: “How much does it cost you?”
Edwards: “No comment.”
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”.
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.
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.’
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Manchester Evening News | 3rd Sep. 2021
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:
- ‘Evil killer Wesley Streete sentenced to life after Keeley Bunker’s rape and murder’ (Birmingham Mail). Confirmation that the murderer (and the victim) smoked cannabis: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/murdered-keeley-bunkers-final-words-22386026. Filed under ‘Murder, manslaughter and infanticide’.
- Callous murderer who spent five days with his victim’s corpse given life sentence (Daily Record). Filed under ‘Murder, manslaughter and infanticide’.
- Teen ‘vampire’ tried to drag girl (16) into woods and threatened to rape her in terrifying Perth attack (Daily Record). Filed under ‘Rape, paedophilia and sexual violence’.
- Cannabis dealer jailed after smashing into police car and leaving drug trail into canal (Daily Record). I haven’t, in fact, added this to the ever-growing ‘Drug driving’ page because it does not state that the defendant was under the influence of cannabis. It is notable, though, for the chasm between the stern words of the judge regarding cannabis and the flimsy punishment he handed out.
- Sunderland thug tried to murder boyhood pal in ‘sickening’ stamp attack (Chronicle Live). These words of the defending barrister are priceless: “It’s a quite extraordinary set of events given he has nothing on his record for violence, just for cannabis, which is usually associated with peaceful activities.” Filed under ‘Violence, abuse and attempted murder’.
- Dangerous knife man jailed for 15 years after “totally unprovoked” attacks on Norwich teenagers (Eastern Daily Press). Filed under ‘Violence, abuse and attempted murder’.
- Members of ‘armed and deadly gang’ convicted of killing Harry Baker (Wales Online). Confirmation that at least two of the seven people convicted smoked cannabis: https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/harry-baker-murder-killers-court-20169214. Filed under ‘Murder, manslaughter and infanticide’.
- I would have missed the cannabis connection to this story from last year, ‘Thugs stamped on unconscious man’s head and testicles in ‘savage’ street attack’, but for this recent interview with the mother of one of the attackers, https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/port-talbot-crime-courts-prison-20851188. Filed under ‘Murder, manslaughter and infanticide’.
- And finally, from Ireland, a dismally common case of violent paranoia: ‘Cork man stabbed flatmate who he believed was going to kill him’. Filed under ‘Violence, abuse and attempted murder’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Filed under ‘Rape, paedophilia and sexual violence’.
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.
Filed under ‘Drug driving’.
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.”
Filed under ‘Suicide, attempted suicide and self harm’.
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.
Filed under ‘Violence, abuse and attempted murder’.
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.”
Filed under ‘Suicide, attempted suicide and self-harm’.