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Man cleared of Bristol stabbings by reason of insanity

Stanley Bailey
Stanley Bailey told the court he had no recollection of the incident

A man has been found not guilty by reason of insanity of stabbing 10 people on a rampage in Bristol.

Stanley Bailey, 55, of Barton Hill, struck out at strangers with a Swiss army knife on a busy cycle path in Easton, Bristol Crown Court heard.

Two police community support officers were among the people injured in the attacks on 17 August last year.

A jury sitting at Bristol Crown Court earlier cleared Mr Bailey of 12 charges.

They included wounding with intent, having an offensive weapon and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Members of a young family, cyclists and a police officer were also attacked.

Father-of-five Mr Bailey has a history of mental illness and his family and friends said he had taken cannabis in the past.

His family said, after the court case, they had tried repeatedly to have him detained under the Mental Health Act.

Mr Bailey told the court he had no recollection of the incident, or of being arrested the day before for running naked along the same cycle path.

The judge was due to decide earlier whether to place Mr Bailey in a secure hospital, making him the subject of a supervision order within the community, or granting an absolute discharge.

The hearing was adjourned until 25 May.



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