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Tinika Campbell jailed for 'Devil' murder in Manchester

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Image caption The court heard Tinika Campbell had suffered psychotic episodes

A young woman who killed a man she claimed to believe was the Devil has been jailed for at least five years.

Tinika Campbell, 19, was found astride Khalid Kassian Hassan, brutally assaulting him, by police called out by neighbours in Longsight, Manchester.

Campbell had also ordered her pit bull terrier to attack Mr Hassan, 36, whose left leg was mauled to the bone, the city's crown court heard.

The court heard Campbell had suffered psychotic episodes since the age of 16.

Multiple injuries

The attack happened in the early hours of 31 August 2012 after Campbell, then 17, ran out of her family home to the nearby Dickenson Road flat of Mr Hassan.

Neil Usher, prosecuting, said Campbell told later doctors her dog began gnawing at Mr Hassan's trouser leg for no apparent reason and at that point "she thought he was the Devil and she had to protect herself".

Mr Hassan died at the scene from multiple injuries to his head, face and neck, the court heard.

Campbell pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility. At the time of the attack it is claimed she was suffering from a schizo-effected disorder exacerbated by her use of cannabis.

Sentencing the teenager to a discretionary life term, Judge Michael Henshell said he had concluded she continued to be "extremely dangerous".

He said the Parole Board would be entitled to consider her case once she had served five years.

Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe said: "There is no indication that Khalid knew Campbell, and only she knows what happened that morning.

"She is clearly a troubled individual and in the wake of this tragedy our thoughts not only go out to the family of Khalid Hassan, but her family too."

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