Man admits killing college worker during knife attack banquet


In connection with seven others injured in a series of knife attacks in Birmingham city center, a man pleaded guilty to manslaughter of college workers and several related charges.

Zephaniah McLeod filed a petition at the Birmingham Criminal Court on Monday in connection with a series of puncture wounds early on Sunday, September 6, last year.

Macleod, who appeared in court in a white T-shirt and dark blue zip-up top via a video link from Ashworth Hospital, said he confirmed his name and understood the procedure before entering the petition. ..

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Sketch of the court artist of Zephania MacLeod on September 9, 2020. (Elizabeth Cook / Pennsylvania)

In addition to manslaughter charges, MacLeod pleaded guilty to four attempted murders.

MacLeod pleaded not guilty to the other three attempted murders, but instead pleaded guilty to three injuries intended to cause serious physical harm in connection with these cases.

The court heard that MacLeod was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time.

A 28-year-old boy living in Natrey Grove, Serry Oak, has been in custody since being charged with an attack that occurred within 90 minutes.

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Jacob Billington in a dateless photo (West Midlands Police / Pennsylvania)

Jacob Billington, a graduate student intern and drummer at Sheffield Hallam University, was fatally stabbed in the neck during a banquet.

A 23-year-old woman from Crosby in Merseyside was one of eight people stabbed during an attack that triggered a large paramedic response.

Billington’s mother appeared in court, her father dialed in a video link to hear the petition, and the families of many other victims also listened to the proceedings.

Seven others were injured in four attacks in the city center, including Billington’s old school friend and bandmate Michael Callahan.

Prosecutor Karim Khalil QC told the court that the plea and acquittal would be accepted by the prosecutor.

A barrister said in a brief hearing: “These fleas were entered as expected … in this case, the pleas accepted by the King.”

Explaining the decision, Karil added:

“It definitely affected his ability to understand everything that was happening.”

Karil said in the case of Billington, consultations between the victim and his parents took place before the decision.

After the petition was entered and accepted, Birmingham recorder Judge Melbourne Inman, QC, said of the puncture wound:

“Given the very serious seriousness of the case, this morning’s hearing may seem disproportionately short.

“But it is very clear that the King and Defense have conducted a very careful expert review of the evidence.”

The judge added that it was important for the psychiatrists involved in MacLeod’s assessment to be given time to help the court decide on an appropriate decision against him.

MacLeod will be sentenced on September 27th and 28th.

Richard Bernals

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