Knifeman had 'killing fantasies'
A KNIFEMAN from a village near Crediton who fantasised about killing strangers has been jailed after a Judge branded him a "ticking timebomb".
Sean Elliott had pulled a knife on a passer-by in the centre of Newton Abbot just days before showing a psychiatric key worker a 12-inch weapon and telling him he needed to hurt someone to ease his paranoia.
The 21-year-old was jailed after doctors said he had did not have a treatable illness and needed to learn that his behaviour was not acceptable.
Elliott, 21, of Sturt Arms Cottages, Morchard Road, near Crediton, and formerly of Old Exeter Road, Chudleigh, admitted having a bladed article in the Market Way car park in Chudleigh.
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He was jailed for 12 months by Judge Phillip Wassall at Exeter Crown Court after psychiatric and probation reports offered no other alternative.
He said: "You told your mental health worker you wanted to hurt someone to make your paranoia go away and admitted brandishing the knife a few days before.
"The probation pre-sentence report discloses you have been carrying knives for a long time and it is normal for you to do so and you have one by your bedside.
"You have admitted having troubling thoughts about hurting or killing people and say you have come close to using the knife several times but had only done so on animals.
"You seem unwilling to accept it is reasonable for others to be anxious about what you are doing. In the past you have been treated for obsessive traits and other conditions.
"You have been assessed as being at high risk of re-offending and I am told you think about killing people frequently, and sometimes constantly, and carry a knife a great deal of the time.
"I adjourned this case for a psychiatric assessment but the conclusion is that you should be dealt with within the criminal justice system. It seems to me to be a highly unusual case.
"It seems almost as if you are like a ticking time bomb if you continue to carry knives and the conclusion of the doctors at Langdon Hospital is that you have to learn from being punished that you cannot do this.
"You are a dangerous man but fortunately I am not dealing with you for a more serious offence."
Miss Eleanor Purkis, prosecuting, said a pedestrian in Queen Street, Newton Abbot, called police in February after Elliott threatened him with the knife.
He had a meeting with his psychiatric worker in a car park near his home in Chudleigh at which he showed him the 12 inch knife, which had an eight inch blade, and said 'I've got to hurt someone to make my paranoia go away'.
Mr Hugh Ogilvie, defending, said Elliott has made his own efforts to improve his mental health and has stayed out of trouble since the incident and is now living with his mother.