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An antiques dealer was stabbed to a death by a mental patient as he shopped for his wife's birthday party in Poundland, a court heard.
Father-of-two Justin Skrebowski, who ran a stall on London's Portobello Road, was buying balloons for his children when he was knifed in the back at 11.20am on December 7 last year.
Schizophrenic drug addict Trevor Joyce, 37, had taken a large knife and carving fork from a display at the store in Bury Street, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, before launching the random attack in the celebration aisle.
As he rampaged through the shop brandishing the bloodied weapon, he shouted at shoppers and staff: ``This is what you get.
``I have done it. If I had my way you would be stabbed too.''
He then ran out of the shop and threatened elderly residents sitting on benches.
Joyce shouted at one of the men: ``Respect me. Do you want me to cut your f***ing head off?''
He even threatened to stab a young child and mother in the street as he waved the knife in people's faces, the court heard.
Mobile phone footage was played in the court chronicling Joyce's progress through the streets, shouting and swearing.
Shoppers appeared stunned and shocked as he ran amok around the town centre.
Before being brought down by police with stun guns, he yelled: ``I have killed someone now. I hope you are satisfied. Shake my hand. Congratulate me.''
The court heard that Joyce had a long history of drug abuse which made his schizophrenia symptoms worse.
He was first diagnosed in 2003 and was prescribed anti-psychotic drugs. He was also treated in hospital.
In October 2015, Joyce told a doctor that he was hearing voices and feeling angry at his noisy neighbour.
He had gone with a knife to confront the neighbour and said he would have stabbed him if he had opened the door.
The medic reported the threat to authorities but a decision was taken not to section Joyce.
The doctor disagreed with discharging Joyce after an assessment, but arranged his onward care with regular injections of anti-psychotic drugs, the court heard.
The defendant, of Franklyn Close, Abingdon, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
He also admitted two counts of making threats to kill Robert Wyatt and Ron Wilkins; one of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against Mr Wilkins and one of threatening others with offensive weapons.
He appeared via video link from Broadmoor secure hospital to be sentenced at the Old Bailey.
Prosecutor Alan Blake said Joyce's past convictions included drink- and drug-driving, possession of crack cocaine, battery, and possession of a weapon in a public place which led to the confiscation of a sword.
In 2015, he was also convicted of public order offences.
He's been handed a life sentence with a minimum 9 years.
The victim's young widow Gulsen Alkan broke down in tears as she described the emotional and financial burden of bringing up their four-year-old twins without their father.
The court heard that she had struggled to keep her husband's business going and had received a ``meagre'' £10,000 in compensation for his death.
Mr Skrebowski, 61, who was born in Stockton-on-Tees, was described by his family as an ``extraordinarily generous man'' with a ``ready sense of humour'' and a ``love of life and learning''.
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