Josh Price murder trial

Express & Star | 24 Nov 2016 |

A 27-year-old father of two stabbed his drug dealer through the heart after voices in his head told him to rob the man, a jury heard…

He said he was relying on a £10-a-day cannabis habit to resolve the mental problems and had been buying drugs from Mr Price for a couple of months before the stabbing which occured [sic] on September 27 2014.

The following month, David Watkins, then 27, was found guilty of the murder of Josh Price, and sentenced to life in prison: https://www.expressandstar.com/news/crime/2016/12/07/josh-price-murder-man-guilty-of-murdering-wolverhampton-father-after-drug-deal-went-wrong/

 

Teenager who bludgeoned OAP to death claimed he was “scared” of 8 stone victim

Liverpool Echo | 26 Feb 2018 |

Giving evidence for the first time today, he told a jury how he had smoked cannabis since the age of 11 and described himself as sometimes not sleeping for three nights due partly to drug abuse.

On 2 Mar 2018, the defendant, 17, was found guilty of murder. The following month, he was sentenced to life in prison and revealed to be Cameron Cruddace.

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/face-teen-who-murdered-oap-14585335

Two cannabis smokers murder young man in London

Here’s a good example of a news outlet failing to mention cannabis in a report of a conviction for murder.

Last month, two men were found guilty of shooting a 22-year-old man named Hashim Ali at point blank range as he was sitting in a car in Hayes. In both its report on the conviction (Hayes murder trial: How jury convicted two friends of shooting Hashim Ali to death) and, a week later, the sentencing (Hashim Ali’s murderers jailed for a minimum of 30 years each over fatal shooting in Hayes), My London failed to mention what it reported in some detail a week prior to the conviction, which is that the two men had smoked cannabis the day of the murder, but were disappointed in the quality (Friends accused of murdering Hashim Ali in Hayes blame each other for shooting him through the heart).

My London is not alone in this. Most news outlets in their reports of the conviction mention only ‘drug dealing’, failing, or refusing, to see that it is the effect of cannabis on the mind, not a desire to control the trade in it, that is a more significant factor in this act of cold-blooded murder. Such selective reporting, sadly, is common.

Xixi Bi Llandaff murder: Jordan Matthews jailed for life

BBC News | 21 Feb 2017 |

He accepted he was smoking “quite a lot” of cannabis at the time and the court heard he felt “insecure” when his girlfriend visited her family in China.

A jealous man who murdered his girlfriend after getting “paranoid” about her being unfaithful to him has been jailed for at least 18 years.

Xixi Bi, 24, died in hospital after the attack by Jordan Matthews, 24, at their flat in Llandaff, Cardiff, in August.

He was sentenced to life at Cardiff Crown Court on Tuesday and must serve at least 18 years after being found guilty by a jury last week.

Judge Nicola Davies said Matthews had relentlessly attacked Miss Bi.

The assault was the “tragic culmination” of a course of physical and verbal abuse over a number of months, Judge Davies said.

Her brother, Zexun Bi, said “the heart has been ripped out of our family”.

Barman Matthews admitted manslaughter but denied the murder of Miss Bi, a post-graduate student at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

She suffered 41 injuries as a result of the attack, including a broken jaw and ribs.

In a victim impact statement, her brother said his sister had been due to run their family’s multimillion-pound company and had the “whole world in front of her”.

“No sentence imposed will ever reflect the heartache and pain he has inflicted upon my family,” it read.

“Xixi will always be in our hearts, no matter how broken they are.”

During the trial, the court heard Matthews, who said he had a black belt in karate, regularly beat Miss Bi and called her “worthless”.

Matthews said he hit Miss Bi, believing she had cheated on him, and cried when he was later told she was dead.

He accepted he was smoking “quite a lot” of cannabis at the time and the court heard he felt “insecure” when his girlfriend visited her family in China.

He said he became “paranoid” about Miss Bi being unfaithful to him and believed she had received a message from someone called Ben on the Tinder dating app.

Miss Bi did not have the Tinder app or any contacts called Ben.

Christopher Henley QC, defending, said Matthews “misses her, he loved her, but he accepts that the way he treated her was atrocious”.

Judge Davies said: “Xixi provided you with a home, clothing, she bought a car for you. You took what she gave.

“You lied and lied again in order to attempt to exculpate yourself from the overwhelming evidence which was that during the early hours of August 19 2016 you relentlessly and remorselessly inflicted physical injury upon a defenceless young woman.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-39026270