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Axe killer locked up indefinitely
Garry Taylor
Axe killer Garry Taylor is suffering from a psychotic illness
A man is to be detained indefinitely after admitting hacking a father-of-two to death with an axe on Wearside.

Colin Johnson, 40, was virtually decapitated in the attack at his home in Pickering Road, Pennywell, Sunderland, on 17 January last year.

Garry Taylor, 39, of the Royalty in Sunderland, admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how Taylor was motivated by jealousy, brought on by a psychotic illness.

Mr Johnson was alone at home when Taylor let himself in and attacked him, the court heard.

His body was found on the living room floor by his fiancee, Shirley Cooper. He died of multiple injuries.

Colin Johnson
Colin Johnson was axed to death in his Sunderland home

Taylor was arrested a fortnight after the attack after forensic samples taken from the axe linked him to the scene.

Det Insp Tim Walker, of Northumbria Police, said: "This was a particularly brutal and vicious attack on a well-loved member of the community.

"We're now satisfied a very violent individual has been taken off the streets for a substantial period of time. Hopefully Colin's family and fiancee can now begin rebuilding their lives."

A statement released by Mr Johnson's family said: "Colin will always be remembered as a man who never upset anyone.

"He had a family and a fiancee who adored him and the whole community has been left shocked by his killing.

"If he was killed through jealousy, Taylor must have been jealous of the fact Colin had a family and fiancee who adored him. Taylor knew he would never have that."

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