Schizophrenic admits killing man with sword
A PARANOID schizophrenic with a history of violence stabbed a man to death with a samurai sword before walking into a police station and confessing, a court heard.
Marc Carter cut his victim Gino Nelmes 18 times – including stabbing him through the heart, liver and spleen – after sharing a bottle of cider with Mr Nelmes and another man.
All three were residents of a property in Filton Avenue, Horfield, registered to Keystone Mental Health Services, which provides accommodation and care to adults with mental health needs. Carter had been an in-patient at Fromeside secure hospital until just a few days before he attacked Mr Nelmes in March this year.
Prosecutor Ian Pringle QC said it was deemed appropriate by those responsible for Carter's care that he was "placed back in the community".
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But a fellow resident raised the alarm at around 4.30pm on Saturday, March 17, when he said there was "something wrong with Gino".
This was only a short time after a Keystone director had visited the premises earlier that afternoon. Everything was said to have been "fine", with Carter having said hello to the director. Mr Pringle said: "He (Mr Nelmes) was found on the floor of the lounge, covered in blood, slash marks to his hands and wrists."
They were, Bristol Crown Court was told, consistent with injuries sustained while trying to defend himself. Emergency services were called, by which time Carter, 46, had already visited a friend in another part of the city and confessed to being responsible for the death.
Mr Pringle said: "There, to his friend, he admitted he just attacked somebody 'pretty badly' with a sword. At 6.15pm, Carter arrived at Trinity Road police station and stated to the lady present: 'I've just stabbed someone with a knife'.
"He told them the sword was in his bedroom. A short samurai sword was found in his bedroom, bloodstained, with his fingerprints on the handle."
Mr Pringle said there were no witnesses to the incident, and that Mr Nelmes was pronounced dead at 6.20pm, at Bristol Royal Infirmary. A post-mortem examination showed that he died from blood loss caused by multiple stab wounds.
The court heard Carter has been a paranoid schizophrenic "for many years".
Mr Pringle added: "He (Carter) hears voices, thinks people are reading his mind and on occasions reacts violently to that."
His previous convictions include several for violence, dating back to 1984. They include assault, battery and wounding.
Carter admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Recorder Judge Neil Ford said Carter had been made the subject of a hospital order three times in the past. Sentencing was deferred for further medical evidence and Carter was remanded into custody.