Shop­per stabbed to death in random at­tack

Bristol Post - - NEWS - Replica of the weapon

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.”

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