Colchester Murders Accused Admits Violent Sexual Fantasies

16 April 2016, 06:13 | Updated: 16 April 2016, 06:15

A teenager accused of stabbing and killing two strangers in Colchester admitted to a doctor that he experienced violent sexual fantasies as recently as three months ago.

The youth, who is accused of murdering his two victims in separate attacks in 2014, described scenarios involving handcuffs and forced sex, his trial heard.

The 17-year-old, who was 15 when he stabbed James Attfield, 33, and Nahid Almanea, 31, told a psychiatrist during an assessment that he had fantasised about tying women up while they were screaming at him to stop.

The court has heard that the boy, who is in a secure hospital, admitted stabbing Mr Attfield 102 times in Colchester, Essex, on March 29 2014 and Saudi student Ms Almanea along the town's Salary Brook Trail on the morning of June 17 2014.

The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. He denies murder.

Dr Peter Misch, a specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry, said the teen, who is on anti-psychotic medication, recognised the violent fantasies were wrong and said he would not act on them.

The youth gave graphic details to police about the killings when he was arrested last year, saying he heard voices telling him to carry them out as "sacrifices'' but later claimed he could not remember the stabbings except for one flashback.

Parts of a report made by Dr Misch after meeting the defendant in August last year were read to the court in which the teen described hearing three deep male voices saying: "He is not going to do our mission. He is too much of a coward. Shall we kill his family?''

He described a "big tall man with an axe in his hand'' telling him they would kill him in his sleep, and spoke of seeing a severed headstick in one hallucination and a dead baby at the bottom of his bed in another.

Earlier the court heard the boy was once described by a teacher as "a thug'' who violently lashed out at fellow pupils.

In one email in 2010, four years before the killings, a teacher wrote: "He is basically a thug.''

At the age of six, he was described as "quiet and well-behaved'' and "kind, sensitive to the needs of others'', but six years later, in secondary school, he had become violent - kicking, punching and head-butting other students, the jury heard.

He became introverted and gradually withdrew from society in the years before the killings, the jury at Guildford Crown Court was told.

Dr Misch said the boy came from a loving and caring background, concluding that he had "strong attachments'' to both his parents, and was particularly close to his father, who had a history of anger management problems and had described hearing voices in his youth.

Prosecutor Philip Bennetts QC put it to Dr Misch that the defendant's account of being at home at the time of both killings, was an example of him lying.

Dr Misch, who stopped short of the word lying, said: "I would agree that he is not telling the truth.''

Earlier the expert said he initially suspected the defendant was a psychopath and had to assess whether he was "trying to pull the wool over our eyes'' by lying about hearing voices telling him to kill.

A report from the prosecution's expert psychiatrist witness, who is due to give evidence next week, suggests the teenager's hallucinations have a "doubtful authenticity'', the jury has heard.

Of the defendant's account to police about the killings following his arrest, Dr Misch said: "There is something so incredibly unempathetic about (the defendant's) behaviour whilst he is being interviewed by police. It is chilling.''

He said a "plausible explanation'' was that the teen was psychotic when arrested, and at the time of the killings. The trial was adjourned until Monday.