Hero Brit backpacker died trying to save woman from frenzied knife attack

Daily Mirror | 13th April 2022

A hero backpacker who tried to save the life of a fellow traveller during a “frenzied knife attack” died when he was stabbed in the head in an Australian hostel.

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’.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/hero-brit-backpacker-died-trying-26700165

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.

Woman punches and bites ear of Manchester Arena bombing survivor in pub 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.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/woman-punches-bites-ear-manchester-25083176

Dad ‘threw 11-month-old son into river believing baby was turning into devil’

Daily Mirror | 24th Nov. 2020

The court heard the defendant had suffered from mental health problems throughout his life and at 17 was sectioned and diagnosed with psychosis related to cannabis use.

Mr Hall said: “His early life was punctuated with exposures to violence and cannabis use.”

He began a relationship with Miss Blood in 2016 and in October 2018 Zakari, their first son, was born.

Mr Hall said, following Zakari’s birth, the couple argued and Bennett-Eko began to miss GP appointments and started consuming cannabis again.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dad-threw-11-month-old-23061122

Filed under ‘Murder, manslaughter and infanticide’.

Cannabis addict obsessed with serial killings who stabbed two elderly women jailed

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.”

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-thug-who-stabbed-pensioner-23275756

Filed under ‘Violence, abuse and attempted murder’.

Voodoo worshipper on skunk who stabbed his fiance in the head blamed ‘a spell’

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.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/voodoo-worshipper-skunk-who-stabbed-20320465