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Birmingham knifeman who killed one and injured seven in random attacks gets life sentence

Zephaniah McLeod has received a life sentence for carrying out a random stabbing attack last year in Birmingham where one person was killed and seven were injured.

CCTV footage shows McCleod walking calmly through the streets of Birmingham in the early hours of the morning, stabbing people before moving on.

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He disposed of his knife in a drain on the street and got a taxi home only before heading out again to carry out another attack.

He then came across Jacob Billington and his friend Michael Callaghan who were part of a group returning home from a night out.

McCleod had asked the group for a lighter before attacking them, fatally stabbing Billington in the neck. He was rushed to hospital but was later pronounced dead.

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Callaghan had lost so much blood that he suffered a stroke and had to relearn how to walk and still can’t use his left hand.

The 28-year-old pleaded guilty to manslaughter, attempted murder and three charges of assault.

He was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court where the judge said that he was a significant risk to the public and ordered him to be detained, initially at Ashworth psychiatric hospital.

He told McCelod that his victims “gave you no offence and they were chosen at random”.

McCleod, who was well-known to mental health services, was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the incident.

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