Irish Times | 13th January 2023
Michael O’Higgins SC, who acted for Ms Anderson, said the plea decision was taken “after lengthy consideration and appraisal of this case”. He said there were “ongoing difficulties on the defence side” arising from a report by consultant psychiatrist Professor Harry Kennedy and the decision to plead guilty to manslaughter was informed by those difficulties. The court has previously heard that Professor Kennedy disagreed with Dr Brenda Wright, a consultant psychiatrist called by the defence, who said that Ms Anderson was suffering from bipolar affective disorder and as a result of her mental disorder she was unable to refrain from stabbing Mr Kelly.
Professor Kennedy, the court heard during cross examination of Dr Wright, had written a report in which he said that Ms Anderson’s behaviour was better explained by cannabis intoxication. Intoxication cannot be used as a defence under the Criminal Law (Insanity) Act 2006…
Ms Anderson of Brownsbarn Wood, Kingswood, Dublin 22, stabbed Mr Kelly five times as he tried to start his car outside her home at about 7am on the morning of February 25, 2020.
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.”
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’.
Gazette Live | 28 May 2019 |
Results from Timney’s blood tests, carried out 18 hours after the incident, showed the use of cocaine, cannabis and the sleep-inducing drug zopiclone.
A man accused of killing his neighbour has been locked up for 14 years after a jury convicted him of manslaughter.
Andrew Timney had denied murdering 43-year-old Jason Dean in what the prosecution described as a “sustained attack” in the victim’s Bankfields flat.
Mr Dean was found unconscious in a communal corridor with fractured ribs, cuts, bruises and internal bleeding. He died despite attempts to resuscitate him.
Timney, of Brackenfield Court, Bankfields, Eston, said he thought Mr Dean was “messing about” when he suddenly collapsed.
He told jurors he heard a “bang or a thud” and saw his neighbour lying on his back in the doorway outside his kitchen.
After a two-and-a-half week murder trial, the jury retired to begin its deliberations on Friday afternoon at Teesside Crown Court and returned to deliver a verdict on Tuesday.
Timney, 30, was found guilty of manslaughter by a jury and jailed for 14 years by the Recorder of Middlesbrough, Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC.