Wednesday 24 January 2018

Husband beheaded wife after watching 'X Factor'

Timothy Allen
Timothy Allen

Scott D'Arcy in London

A mentally ill man who beheaded his devoted wife after suffering a paranoid delusion that 'X Factor' dancers were under control of a "puppet master" has been sectioned indefinitely.

Timothy Allen killed Samantha Ho (39) at their home in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, England, in August last year.

Her head and body were discovered separately and a post-mortem examination concluded she died of multiple cuts to the neck.

Southwark Crown Court in London heard that the couple, who met at university in 1995, had been watching the ITV talent show on August 29 when Allen suffered a delusion and attempted to take his own life.

Prosecutor Andrew Jackson said: "They had been, it seems, watching 'X Factor' together on television - that appears to have been the trigger for what happened."

Allen turned the knives on his wife and also on the couple's pet dog, Cherry.

He later told police he had believed the dancers were "puppets being controlled by a puppet master" and they were "speaking" to him through the television.

He believed this was an attempt to punish him and his wife with "eternal damnation" for an imagined crime and so decided he had to take her life and his own, Mr Jackson added.

"When she asked him not to kill her, he carried on and had meant to do so," he said.

Ms Ho called 999 shortly before 11pm and told police her husband had tried to kill himself.

When officers arrived, they found a bare-chested Allen "in the process, having killed Samantha, of killing their dog".

Allen, of Curlew Place, St Neots, denied murder and prosecutors accepted his guilty plea to manslaughter by diminished responsibility.

Medical reports from four experts suggested he had suffered a catalogue of psychiatric problems, including paranoid schizophrenia, following a serious motorbike accident in 2004.

Irish Independent

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