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Drug addict is guilty of murder

Stephen Newton
Stephen Newton's jail tariff will be set by a judge on Friday

A drug addict who stabbed a 75-year-old man to death because he believed he was part of conspiracy to abuse his children, has been jailed for life.

Stephen Newton, 42, was suffering from psychosis fuelled by an addiction to amphetamine, the court heard.

Philip Hendy died several days after the attack outside a newsagent's store in Easton in April 2007.

A jury returned its verdict in less than two hours at Bristol Crown Court on Thursday.

Earlier the court had heard Newton believed there were tunnels under his house from a neighbouring chocolate factory which allowed people to get into his home and abuse his mother.

Children 'abused'

He also believed that his three children were being sexually abused by the American government which had given his son a sex change to look like Kylie Minogue and that the House of Commons knew about this, the court was told.

Moments after the attack on Mr Hendy, Newton followed and punched Hargouindbhai Taylor, 84, to the ground as he was walking along the street.

Dr Paul Cantrell, consultant forensic psychiatrist, told the court Newton had a long history of mental ill-health.

He said Newton had a personality disorder and that his chronic abuse of high doses of amphetamine triggered paranoid delusions.

The jury had been asked to consider whether Newton of Carlyle Road, Greenbank, Bristol, was suffering from an abnormality of the mind at the time which diminished his responsibility for the crime.

Stephen Mooney, prosecuting, told the jury the defendant "was not suffering from a disease of the mind and should be found guilty of murder."

Mr Mooney said: "He killed Mr Hendy because he took the decision to take amphetamine knowing that when he was under their influence his decisions and thought processes were impaired."


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