Psychotic Sunderland knifeman stabbed nurse after almost killing his mother

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A KNIFEMAN who was jailed after he almost killed his elderly mum has admitted stabbing a nurse at a hospital where he was serving his sentence.

David Trickett was sentenced to imprisonment for public protection in February, after he thrust a 22-inch knife so hard into 74-year-old Shirley Trickett’s chest that the blade snapped.

During the bloody assault, Trickett also bludgeoned his mum with a hammer, causing fractures to her skull and bleeding on the brain.

Despite the horrifying ordeal, at the home they shared at Viewforth Terrace, Fulwell, Mrs Trickett did not wish her son, who had not been taking his anti-psychotic medication properly, to be prosecuted.

But after a series of hearings at Newcastle Crown Court Trickett admitted wounding his mother with intent and was jailed indefinitely after being branded by the judge a “severe danger to members of the public”.

Trickett, who had a history of psychiatric problems, was taken to St Nicholas’ Hospital in Newcastle, where he would receive treatment as part of his sentence.

But within weeks of getting there, the 44-year-old plunged a kitchen knife into registered mental health nurse Peter Barkwill.

During the attack, which happened after Trickett followed his victim into the kitchen, the blade went into Mr Barkwill’s upper abdomen and sliced through his liver.

Mr Barkwill was treated at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary after the attack on April 11. His current condition is not known.

Trickett was back at Newcastle Crown Court where he admitted wounding Mr Barkwill with intent.

During the short hearing softly spoken Trickett remained silent except to confirm his name and enter his guilty plea.

The case was adjourned for the preparation of medical reports and it was heard Trickett may now be sent to Rampton Hospital, a secure establishment which houses some of the UK’s most dangerous people, when he is sentenced later this month.

Bob Spragg, defending, said: “There is an unhappy history to this matter and a psychiatric history in relation to Mr Trickett.

“Reports are ongoing, we hope they will be ready for the week of December 19.

“He is being assessed for Rampton, to see whether that would be a suitable place.

“He needs further discussions with his psychiatrist as well.”

Judge James Goss adjourned the case and remanded Trickett into custody until he is sentenced.

The judge told Trickett: “I am adjourning sentence to enable the ongoing inquiries relating to your mental health to be completed.”

He added: “I am hoping that the case can be listed for sentence before Christmas, during week commencing December 19, but that will depend upon everything being completed by that date.

“Meanwhile, you are remanded in custody.”

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