A teenager who stabbed a shop assistant to death as she worked a shift at a store in Sunderland has been detained indefinitely.
Ethan Mountain left grandmother Joan Hoggett, 62, with 29 knife wounds in an attack at the One Stop Shop in Fulwell, Sunderland, last September.
The 19-year-old, who was carrying a bag of knives and wearing a horror mask when he carried out the killing, admitted manslaughter.
Mountain was on trial for murder, but a judge ordered the jury to return a not guilty verdict on that charge. The court heard Mountain had been diagnosed with ADHD when he was 12 years old and had received psychiatric treatment the year before he killed Joan Hoggett.
He'd told medics 'someone will get killed and then I will get arrested'.
Legal teams for the prosecution and defence agreed that Mountain is a paranoid schizophrenic and "very ill".
Mr Justice Butcher made Mountain the subject of a hospital order, without limit of time.
In a victim impact statement read out in court, Mrs Hoggett’s daughter, Michelle Young, described her mother as “the life and soul of any party”.
- “Joan’s family have shown incredible bravery since this tragic incident,”
Following the hearing, Superintendent Paul Milner, of Northumbria Police, praised Mrs Hoggett’s family and the team of detectives who worked on the case.