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.’
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
Filed under ‘Rape, paedophilia and sexual violence’.
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.
Daily Mirror | 8th Jan. 2021
A cannabis addict obsessed with stabbings and serial killings has been jailed for life after he knifed two lone elderly women in alleyway attacks.
Jayden Hayes attempted to kill one of his victims just 90 minutes after he had been released on bail by magistrates following other alleged offences.
Judge Alan Conrad QC said: “This is a chilling case, in which you Jayden Hayes brought terror to the Oldham area and a case which demonstrates the effect that cannabis can have on a person’s mental health causing in you a psychosis which rendered you dangerous in the extreme.
“During this period you indulged in an obsession in stabbings and serial killing by making searches on the internet.”
Filed under ‘Violence, abuse and attempted murder’.
Hull Daily Mail | 21st Dec. 2020
A Hull mum whose partner broke her daughter’s arm has told how cannabis turned him into a violent monster.
The woman feared for her life as her partner attacked her and her two-year-old daughter “out of the blue”.
“It [the attack] just came out of nowhere. He has been smoking weed a lot recently and it was getting ridiculous, it was every single day. When he didn’t have it he was really horrible and would shake and speak to me like rubbish but as soon as he had it he was really nice. He had had some this day.”
Derby Telegraph | 28th July, 2020 |
A drug user who was smoking £40 of cannabis a day carried out a terrifying and unprovoked hammer attack on a total stranger in the street.
Northern Echo | 3rd June, 2020
Neil Bennett, mitigating, said Bloomfield knows his behaviour to his mother was “inexcusable”, while his driving was, “clearly reckless”, and it was only fortunate that no-one was injured.
Mr Bennett said Bloomfield began taking cannabis at the age of 20 and it led to him losing his job as an hgv mechanic.
Northern Echo | 4th June, 2020
The violent argument erupted after 25-year-old Cooper and her partner had spent they day drinking before returning home and smoking cannabis on April 25.
Birmingham Mail | 15th May 2007 |
Brotherton…had been smoking strong cannabis when he hatched his plot to get even and that had clearly affected his thinking.
A MAN who set a friend on fire after dousing him with petrol before laughing as he burned was today beginning an indeterminate prison sentence.
Judge Robin Onions at Wolverhampton Crown Court told Adam Brotherton his vicious attack had been “chilling in its conception, remorseless in its execution and horrifying in its consequences.”
He ruled that 22-year-old Brotherton should spend at least ten years behind bars before being considered for parole.
He told Brotherton: “I have to impose a sentence for the protection of the public. You represent a significant risk of harm to the public.”
Gardener Ian Smith, was tied to a tree at a secluded Walsall beauty spot and stabbed twice before being callously set on fire by Brotherton, the court heard.
The 24-year-old suffered 64 per cent burns in the attack, which robbed him of the “quality” of his life and Broth-erton had simply abandoned him at the Lime Pits nature reserve.
Brotherton had taken revenge on Mr Smith, of Friary Crescent, Rushall, because he had “grassed” on him to police.
Mr Smith had given the homeless, unemployed Brotherton a bed for the night and he repaid his kindness by stealing property including a Playstation and games from his flat.
“He showed you nothing but kindness and you simply helped yourself to his property,” said the judge.
Brotherton, he added, had been smoking strong cannabis when he hatched his plot to get even and that had clearly affected his thinking.
John Attwood, prosecuting, told the court how Mr Smith’s life had been ruined by the terrible attack.
He said Mr Smith had enjoyed gardening, fishing, cycling and dogminding but was now unable to fend for himself.
He cannot feed himself or even wipe his own nose and his movements have been restricted by the burns he suffered.
“He cannot go anywhere without people staring at him. The district nurse has to go in every day to treat his wounds,” said Mr Attwood.
“He is very frustrated because he cannot do the things he wants to do. His sleep is disturbed, he gets flashbacks and he suffers bad dreams.”
Brotherton, of Lichfield Road, Walsall, had denied attempted murder but was convicted on a unanimous verdict by the jury at the end of his eight-day trial.
Brotherton, who has 37 previous convictions, maintained in court he was not responsible for the attack and was with friends smoking cannabis.
Daily Mirror | 28th Sep 2019 |
Cannabis user Andrew Hunye claimed he was ‘under a spell’ when he attacked his partner at their home in east London
A voodoo worshipper who claimed he was under a spell when he stabbed his fiance in her head has been jailed.
Cannabis user Andrew Hunye, 33, almost killed Tessie Adeyemi when he attacked her with a kitchen knife after he had been smoking skunk at the couple’s home in Chadwell Heath, east London.
Wood Green Crown Court heard the victim heard him shouting at himself in the kitchen where she found him lying naked on the floor “speaking in tongues”.
He stood up, pointed at the ceiling, then gestured at her and said “I am God and you are the devil” before grabbing a knife from another room and stabbing her three times in the neck and the back of the head.
Afterwards he went out onto the communal landing and did a dance of celebration before returning to their flat for a quick shower.
Ms Adeyemi fled the flat and was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The pair, who had booked tickets to Nigeria and Dubai to celebrate their wedding, were both religious and believe the knife attack was caused by a voodoo spell.
Ms Adeyemi, who suffers from from facial paralysis since the attack, was supportive of Hunye throughout his trial and told the court they had a ‘good relationship’.
Hunye said in evidence: “I was not in a right state of mind, I had lost my mind, I was hearing voices.”
Psychiatrists told the court Hunye was not suffering from mental illness.
Judge David Aaronberg told him: “You and Ms Adeyemi have strong religious beliefs.
“You are both devoted Christians, you also both have traditional Nigerian beliefs regarding Voodoo or Juju.”
But the judge added: “English law does not recognise the concept of possession by an evil spirit”, he said.
He said that instead the attack resulted from “a combination of the beliefs and the consumption of skunk cannabis”.
He added: “If the defendant believed in it it might have impacted how he acted that day.”
Hunye denied any wrong doing but was convicted of attempted murder and jailed for 12-and-a-half years.
Dundee Evening Telegraph | 23rd August 2019 |
“People were very worried – McIntosh was behaving in a very strange way that was drawing attention – including smoking cannabis in the garden at 4am.”
Residents in the tiny village where murderer Robbie McIntosh was released on home leave have revealed they warned authorities he would strike again – three months before his brutal attack on Linda McDonald.
Locals in Bridgefoot aired their fears at a meeting of Strathmartine Community Council in May 2017.
They also spoke to two local councillors, Craig Fotheringham and Beth Whiteside, asking the elected officials to intervene on their behalf and prevent the killer being released back into their community.
Some residents even admitted to being so worried at the time of McIntosh’s release that they stopped going for solitary walks and some women even began taking self-defence classes.
McIntosh was on day release from prison at the time of the violent attack on Ms McDonald, as he served a life sentence for stabbing dog walker Anne Nicoll to death on the Law in 2002 when he was just 15.
He was allowed out of prison on home leave and stayed with his mum in her flat in Bridgefoot in May 2017.
During that time his presence was closely monitored by concerned locals.
Now the community council has broken its silence on McIntosh’s presence in Bridgefoot at the time of his attack on Mrs McDonald, following news the victim’s wait for a significant case review has been extended even further.
And a spokesman for the council revealed: “People were very worried – McIntosh was behaving in a very strange way that was drawing attention – including smoking cannabis in the garden at 4am.
“His presence was discussed at the meeting and we asked if anything could be done to monitor his activities and behaviour. The community police officer present advised us there was nothing the police could do as McIntosh ‘hadn’t done anything’.
“People were very worried and we were being told the police had no powers to do anything.”
The spokesman added: “Our fears were justified. When we heard about the attack on Mrs McDonald there was widespread horror.Locals were left horrified when McIntosh carried out his attack on Mrs McDonald.
“We had flagged up our concerns about him three months previously but no action was taken and he was able to strike again.”
Residents had also brought the issue up with Councillors Whiteside and Fotheringham before McIntosh’s second attack took place.
Ms Whiteside said: “I was approached by a few constituents over their concerns that McIntosh was being left free to roam locally.
“I raised the matter with Angus Council and received an assurance he would be closely monitored.
“I had to accept that. Unfortunately, as we now know, he was not being monitored and was able to carry out his horrendous attack.”
Police Scotland declined to comment until after the SRI is published.Mr Fotheringham, who was also at the community council meeting in May 2017, added: “I’m aware Councillor Whiteside raised the matter and received assurances.”