Essex

Colchester double murder accused, 17, 'had Yorkshire Ripper picture'

Nahid Almanea and James Attfield
Image caption Nahid Almanea was killed three months after James Attfield

A 17-year-old who killed two people had a picture of Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe and DVDs about other murderers at his home, a court heard.

The teenager is charged with the murder of James Attfield, 33, and Nahid Almanea, 31, in Colchester, Essex.

Guildford Crown Court heard there was "no dispute" he killed the victims.

The boy, who cannot be named because of his age, has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but denies murder.

Prosecutor Philip Bennetts told the court material had been found on the teenager's phone and at his home about serial killers including Sutcliffe and "Stockwell Strangler" Kenneth Erskine.

DVDs about Sutcliffe, and films including horror series Wrong Turn and Snowtown - inspired by a real-life string of killings in Australia - were found by police when they searched the boy's home.

He had also used his phone to look up a report into a man who had killed several elderly victims and had entered a diminished responsibility plea.

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Image caption The 17-year-old defendant was found to have a picture of Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe

After his arrest in May last year, the defendant told police he "heard voices telling him to sacrifice people", Mr Bennetts said.

He was detained after a member of the public called police to report someone acting suspiciously near the site where Saudi Arabian student Ms Almanea, 31, was found dead on Salary Brook Trail.

Mr Attfield, 33, was found with 102 knife wounds three months beforehand in Castle Park.

Both victims had been found with stab wounds around their left eyes, something the court heard was "quite uncommon".

Mr Bennetts told the court during the course of the trial, which is set to last one week, a psychiatrist would argue that the teenager was able to form rational judgements at the time of the killings.

Judge Robin Spencer QC told jury members they had to decide whether the accused was suffering from diminished responsibility at the time of the killings in 2014.

On the first day of the trial, the defendant changed his plea to a third charge, of possessing an offensive weapon, to guilty.

The trial continues.

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