Life sentence for grandmother killer

A cannabis user who murdered his 84-year-old grandmother by stabbing her 50 times in her bed and then attempted to kill a nine-year-old boy has been told he must serve minimum of 24 years in prison.

Judge: Flynn was an "entrenched drug user"

A man described by a judge as an "entrenched drug user" has been jailed for life for murdering his grandmother, and attempting to murder a 9 year-old boy.

Jason D'Arcy was lucky to be left alive when Nathaniel Flynn attacked him at a skatepark in Shipley.

Just hours earlier Flynn had brutally killed ex teacher Louisa Denby. Calendar's Frazer Maude reports.

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Life sentence for grandmother killer

A cannabis user who murdered his 84-year-old grandmother by stabbing her 50 times in her bed and then attempted to kill a nine-year-old boy has been told he must serve minimum of 24 years in prison.

A judge told Nathaniel Flynn, 27, that the most likely explanation for why he killed retired teacher Louisa Denby was that "she just got on your nerves"

Flynn admitted killing Ms Denby at their home in Shipley, West Yorkshire, in July, and stabbing Jason D'Arcy in a nearby skate park the same day.

Mr Justice Keith sentenced Flynn to life in prison today.

The judge heard that three psychiatrists found he had no diagnosable mental illness but said he had been influenced by his heavy, "entrenched" use of cannabis and other drugs.

Teenager who killed his grandmother was "pyschotic due to drug" a court hears

A teenager who stabbed his grandmother to death and seriously injured his grandfather as they lay in bed in Hull will claim he was suffering a psychotic episode due to his use of the drug M-Cat, a prosecutor has told a jury.

Hull Crown Court was told there was no dispute that Lewis Dale, 17, killed Irene Dale, 78, and seriously injured her husband Allan, 80, with a kitchen knife. Adrian Strong, prosecuting, described how Dale attacked his grandparents as they were in bed at their home in Summergangs Road in April.

Mr Strong said Dale was a mephedrone or "meow meow or M-Cat" user. It used to be called a "legal high" but was outlawed in 2010 and is now a class B controlled drug. Users claim it provokes euphoria and heightened energy but there were also reports of restlessness, anxiety, confusion and psychosis.

"I anticipate that Lewis Dale will tell you that at the time of the

attack on his grandparents he was suffering a psychotic episode as a result of

his drug use."

– Adrian Strong Crown Prosecution Service