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Man jailed over 'Shining' attack

Leonard Hilton
Hilton repeatedly stabbed at the living room door as he tried to get in

A man who threatened to kill two paramedics he had trapped in his flat has been jailed for at least 27 months.

In a scene reminiscent of the film The Shining, Leonard Hilton shouted to the crew members: "Here's Johnny! Come out and play - I'm going to stab you."

Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard how Hilton had called the pair to his Oldham home in September 2008.

They barricaded themselves in the living room and called 999 as Hilton, 45, repeatedly stabbed at the door.

Hilton admitted two counts of false imprisonment, two counts of threats to kill and a count of affray.

The court heard how the paramedics, Philip Jones, 43, and Lorna Wood, 41, had been responding to a 999 call from Hilton's 12th-floor flat.

Hilton repeatedly stabbed at the living room door with a kitchen knife as he tried to get in, the court was told.


I go to work every day fearful that something like this could happen again
Lorna Wood

The paramedics managed to call the police and officers forced their way in to arrest Hilton.

Neither Mr Jones or Ms Wood was hurt although Judge Leslie Hull said both had "experienced severe trauma" in a "terrifying ordeal".

Speaking after the hearing, Det Con Mark Tiffany, of Greater Manchester Police, said Hilton had set a "malicious trap" for the ambulance crew.

"The incident highlights how those responding to emergencies can put themselves in very clear danger," said Mr Tiffany.

"If anyone deserves the protection of the court it is these people who do no more than their best to treat members of the public."

'Heard voices'

The court heard that Ms Wood had since been diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress.

After the hearing, she said in a statement that her "outlook on work and life had completely changed".

"I go to work every day fearful that something like this could happen again and that next time the outcome may be very different."

The court heard that after his arrest, Hilton told police he had heard voices in his head telling him to harm paramedics.

Jane Dagnall, defending, said Hilton's psychiatric problems had been triggered by his separation from his partner.

Although doctors who observed him in custody said he was "significantly dangerous", they concluded that a hospital order was inappropriate.

Miss Dagnall said: "He is a man who these doctors have concluded that if medicated the risk can be opposed."

The judge sentenced Hilton to an indeterminate sentence for public protection.

But he must serve a minimum of 27 months in jail for affray and 19 months for the other offences, to run concurrently.



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