Double killer Glen Patterson knifed dad and gran, court hears — (The Chronicle)

SSRI Ed note: Young man on antidepressants becomes delusional, paranoid, kills father and grandmother. Schizophrenia blamed.

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The Chronicle

Jun 24, 2014 16:30

By Rob Kennedy

Glen Patterson became convinced his loving family were out to get him due to his schizophrenia.

Double killer Glen Patterson stabbed and slashed his dad and gran to death in a brutal and frenzied attack with three knives and a nail file, a court heard.

Patterson flipped when his schizophrenia got the better of him and he became convinced his loving family were plotting to kill him.

He cut the throat of his 82-year-old gran, Clara, as she sat in her armchair by the fire, then plunged a knife and nail file into her head, neck, body and limbs, 30 times, even continuing to stab her after she was dead.

Patterson’s dad, Ray, tried to stop the horrific onslaught on his mother but his son then turned the knife on him.

Ray, who suffered from multiple sclerosis and heart problems, suffered 136 separate injuries, including having his throat cut.

Patterson, whose mental health had deteriorated when he started abusing alcohol and drugs after starting college, was originally charged with two counts of murder.

However he pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility due to his mental illness.

As Patterson, 25, was given an indefinite hospital order to be treated at Broadmoor, devastated relatives told how they are struggling to understand what happened.

Ian Patterson, Ray’s brother, said in a victim impact statement to the court: “We are devastated at what happened to those who most cared for and nurtured Glen.

“They did the best they could and loved their son and grandson dearly.   “It’s particularly troubling to comprehend what happened.”

The slayings happened in February at the £500,000, five-bedroomed home on Front Street, Benton, North Tyneside, where Patterson lived with his dad and gran, on February 11.

John Elvidge, prosecuting, said: “The offences came to light when police were called to a pub on Front Street, where the defendant was behaving erratically and running into the path of vehicles.

“He said to police ‘My parents attacked me. I’ve killed them.”

When officers went to the £500,000 detached home, they found two bodies on their backs on the living room floor.

The court heard Patterson had lived on Front Street with his dad and gran since the age of 12, after his mum and dad separated.

Multiple Sclerosis sufferer Ray, 61 who also had pulmonary disease and an enlarged heart, and Clara, who was just 5ft 1ins and less than seven stone, both had mobility problems and relied on Patterson’s help, the court heard.

Patterson was well-behaved as a child but after he started doing art at college and began misusing alcohol and drugs, his attitude towards his family deteriorated and he became aggressive and threatening.

He had no previous convictions but police had been called out to the family home a number of times by Ray and Clara after reports he was shouting and banging on doors and windows.

In March 2008 Patterson called police saying his dad had fallen but the call handler heard a male voice in the background saying he had been pushed.

In April 2009 Patterson was arrested for breach of the peace but his gran and dad refused to provide statements.

In the same year Patterson’s mother called police saying he gad pinned her to the bed and shouted abuse and threats towards her.

In 2009 his uncle, Ian Patterson, came to Newcastle to confront Patterson over threats he had made to his dad and gran.

Patterson started taking anti-depressants and moved to London to study in 2009.

He had returned home for Christmas last year and by February there was another incident involving police.  He called an ambulance while suffering alcohol withdrawal but paramedics had to call police after he started causing trouble.

Four days later, around 6.20 pm on February 11, Patterson was spotted pacing up and down Front Street, near his home, in an agitated and erratic manner.

He was shouting “Where are those noises coming from?” to a passer-by and directed the same question at a set of traffic lights.

Patterson was also spotted near Four Lane Ends Metro station, where he was distressed and again asking people where the noises and voices were coming from.

Around 9pm he went into The Black Bull pub, near his home, and grabbed a customer’s pint from the bar and took it outside.

He came back into the pub but was escorted out and ran into the road, where he was hit by a car.

Mr Elvidge said he got up and continued running in a “manic fashion” and collided with a stationary taxi. He got in the back of the taxi, climbed into the front seat then got out, telling the cabbie “They are chasing me, they are going to kill me”.

He ran off and when the concerned taxi driver followed him, he was punched by Patterson.

Police arrived on the scene and Patterson told them: “I’ve killed two people. I’ve killed my mam and dad. I did it in self defence, my parents attacked me and I’ve killed them.”

Mr Elvidge said: “He was unfit for interview and spoke of auditory hallucinations, including the notion of a plot to kill him.

“He said he cut his grandmother’s throat and stabbed her several times.

“He said his father tried to stop him, at which point he stabbed him as well.”

When police went into the house they found Clara and Ray lying dead on their backs on the living room floor.

Clara had 30 stab and slash wounds to her body, including several to her neck, and had also been punched. Some of the injuries were inflicted after she died.

Ray had 136 separate injuries, dozens of them inflicted with a knife, including a slit throat. He also had stab wounds to his chest and face and fractures to his shoulder and face. Some of the injuries were inflicted after he died and he had also been kicked and punched.

The court heard Patterson had used three knives and a nail file to carry out the attacks.

Toby Hedworth, defending, said: “He realises what he has done and is bewildered and distressed about it.”