‘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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.