Man ‘attacked two strangers and killed one’ due to ‘paranoid delusions’, a court hears

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  • April 11, 2023
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A man allegedly injured an 82-year-old woman in a knife attack before stabbing a man to death in west London, a court has heard.

Norris Henry is said to have stabbed Elizabeth Walsh, known as Betty, in the back on Albany Road, Brentford, before walking on and knifing 20-year-old Ali Abucar Ali fatally in the chest on November 12 2021.

Mrs Walsh was taken to hospital and survived but Mr Ali died soon after he collapsed in a nearby kebab shop seeking help, the court heard.

Henry, who lived locally, appeared at the Old Bailey via video link on Tuesday for a trial of issue charged with murder and attempted murder.

The court was told the 38-year-old suffers from ‘treatment resistant paranoid schizophrenia’ and did so at the time of the alleged incident.

Jurors heard psychiatrists concluded the defendant is not fit to plead or stand trial and that the jury’s role is to decide whether he did the two alleged acts.

‘That is that he deliberately stabbed first Mrs Walsh and then Mr Ali with his knife, causing Mrs Walsh serious injury, and causing Mr Ali’s death,’ prosecutor Duncan Atkinson KC said.

The prosecutor told the court that Henry used a ‘large knife’ with a 25cm long blade.

‘In the course of his walk along Albany Road, the defendant walked past Elizabeth Walsh, an 82-year-old woman who was a complete stranger to him,’ Mr Atkinson said.

‘Without warning, Mr Henry pulled the large knife from his pocket and stabbed Mrs Walsh to the back.

‘He then walked on and approached Ali Abucar Ali, a 20-year-old man who was also a complete stranger to him.

‘Saying ‘you want it as well’, the defendant again used his knife to stab Mr Ali to the chest.’

Henry had written about his delusions on every wall in his home, Mr Atkinson said.

The court also heard he had been due to have a mental health assessment on the day of the attack.

Mr Atkinson added: ‘When, after these events, the police attended his address they found there very clear evidence of the defendant’s deep rooted paranoid delusions.

‘In summary, he believed himself, genuinely but deludedly, to be the target of persons who wished him ill, and who he believed to be monitoring his activities.

‘Images show the interior of the address and what the defendant had written on every wall, in keeping with those delusions.

‘In the same vein, a letter was recovered from his flat which indicated he was due to have a mental health assessment on 12 November 2021.’

Henry, of Brook Road South, Brentford, appeared in court today via videolink from a psychiatric hospital wearing in west London wearing an Adidas tracksuit.

He is unfit to stand trial for murder and attempted murder but a jury must decide if he did the acts alleged so he can continue to be detained in hospital.

crowd-funding page for Mr Ali raised more than £70,000 with well wishers calling him a ‘brave young man’ and ‘upstanding member of our local community’.

The trial continues.

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