– Detective Sergeant Mike Griffiths, from Force CID
This was a truly horrific case in which two men died following a random and senseless attack. Sadly, they were victims of circumstance.
"Their work as street vendors led them to becoming acquainted with John Ward and whilst we’ll never really know why he killed Wayne and Ian, the chilling reality is that because of his mental illness, anyone could have been a target on that day. He was and still is an extremely dangerous man.
A homeless man has been sentenced to life in prison after admitting stabbing to death two Big Issue sellers in the centre of Birmingham.