Page last updated at 13:20 GMT, Friday, 17 October 2008 14:20 UK

Knife killer must serve 16 years

Stephen Newton
Newton had claimed he was the secret love child of the Prince of Wales

A drug addict who stabbed a 75-year-old man to death in a random attack in Bristol has been told he must serve at least 16 years in prison.

Stephen Newton, 42, stabbed Philip Hendy outside a newsagent's shop in Easton in April 2007.

On Thursday a jury at Bristol Crown Court found Newton guilty of murder.

Mr Justice Richard Plender referred to a photo of Mr Hendy as he sentenced Newton saying he would not be considered for parole for 16 years.

"This photograph shows the face of a man I would describe as intelligent. This is the man whose life you extinguished," he said.

We believe Mr Newton should not have been at liberty and dangerous...he should have been in hospital
Julian Hendy
During the trial the court heard Newton was suffering from psychosis fuelled by an addiction to amphetamine.

After stabbing Mr Hendy and attacking another elderly man he told police he was the secret love child of the Prince of Wales.

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.

Speaking after the trial, Mr Hendy's family said they were shocked to discover the killer was well known by mental health services.

'Traumatic experience'

Mr Hendy's son Julian said Newton should have been detained in hospital after "clear warnings" to mental health services.

"We believe Mr Newton should not have been at liberty and dangerous in Greenbank that day - he should have been in hospital," said Julian Hendy.

"The loss of our father has been a traumatic and devastating experience.

"We welcome the findings of the court that Mr Newton will serve a lengthy sentence and will no longer be able to harm others."




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