Knifeman who paralysed woman in stabbing rampage held in high-security hospital

A knifeman who carried out a series of random stabbing attacks on five victims in a "reign of terror" must remain detained in a high-security psychiatric hospital, a judge has ruled.

Jason Kakaire, 31, stabbed four men and a woman in Edmonton, north London, over three days in spring last year.

Four of his victims suffered life-threatening injuries, and one was left paralysed after being knifed in the back with such ferocity that the handle snapped and the blade was embedded in her.

The stabbings, in March and April last year, were all carried out near Kakaire's home in Cameron Close, north London.

Kakaire, who had been held in Broadmoor Hospital, denied five counts of attempted murder.

But on the first day of his Old Bailey trial, the prosecution accepted his guilty pleas to five alternative charges of wounding with intent and five charges of having a blade in public.

At a sentencing hearing at the same court on Friday, Judge Anne Molyneux ordered Kakaire to remain detained at Broadmoor under a hospital order, with restrictions, to "protect the public from serious harm".

She said Kakaire had carried out a "reign of terror" that had caused "immeasurable" harm to his victims.

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Detailing the stabbings, the judge described them as "five unprovoked attacks on lone people".

"This was a reign of terror causing devastation to many lives. Four of your victims suffered life-threatening and life-changing injuries," she said.

"Their lives and their families have been traumatised. The harm you have caused is in the highest category and is immeasurable."

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The judge added: "You walked the streets and targeted vulnerable victims. You stalked them and chose your moment before you stabbed them from behind and then ran away."

"You knew what you were doing was wrong," she added, highlighting that Kakaire had two previous convictions for carrying a knife.

Kakaire's life had been "overshadowed by mental illness" since his teenage years and he had been "plagued" by "paranoid ideas and auditory hallucinations," the judge told the court.

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She said four doctors had concluded that Kakaire had "chronic, treatment-resistant paranoid schizophrenia", and he had been hearing "threatening voices" that told him he would be harmed.

"You believed you had been ordered to carry out the attack," the judge said.

A pre-sentence report noted Kakaire was "clearly unwell" and that his offending was "directly attributable to mental illness", the court was told.

Judge Molyneux said: "The court has no doubt that you are a dangerous offender.

"The court has no doubt that your sentence must protect the public from any further offending and must be one which ensures you remain detained unless and until it is considered safe for you to be released."

She added: "The court concludes that a hospital order with a restriction order is necessary to protect the public from serious harm."

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