Shopper stabbed to death in random attack
PARANOID schizophrenic Kevin Gale stabbed to death stranger Lee Turner in a random attack in a Tesco car park.
Gale, 51, ran up behind Mr Turner, and plunged a ‘SpiderMan’ type blade into his back four times.
A court heard 39-year-old Mr Turner, who was originally from Bristol, had gone to the shop to buy milk, collapsed into the arms of a Tesco worker and said “Why me? What have I done?”
He died in hospital just over an hour later after losing too much blood in the attack in Barnstaple, Devon.
Gale later told police he had heard voices and seen screaming women attack the stranger.
The jury at Exeter Crown Court found Gale, who was earlier ruled unfit to stand trial for murder, was responsible for killing Mr Turner.
Following the verdict Mr Turner’s family have called for more to be done to stop mentally ill people being free to carry deadly weapons.
The North Devon mental health trust which had worked with Gale has begun a review of his case after it emerged Gale’s family had continually raised the alarm about his deteriorating behaviour.
The victim’s brother Clyne Hamilton-Daniels said outside court: “The shock and horror of his death was all too much for our mother Penny who sadly passed away just weeks after Lee’s death. She couldn’t believe what had happened to her son.”