Stranger killed great-grandmother, 83, by arson attack

Total stranger killed beloved great-grandmother, 83, by arson attack that forced her into fatal jump from upstairs window then told police he ‘got the wrong door

  • Peggy Wright, 83, was fatally injured in the fall and died on night of April 18 昨年
  • Fire started by schizophrenic Mark O’Brien who claimed he was shouted at and called paedophile
  • O’Brien told police ‘F*** sake think I got the wrong door’ 彼が逮捕されたとき
  • Will be sentenced April 13 after yesterday’s Birmingham Crown Court hearing
  • A total stranger who killed a beloved great-grandmother by an arson attack that forced her into a fatal jump from an upstairs window then told police he ‘got the wrong door.

    Peggy Wright, 83, known affectionately as the ‘Peggy Mitchell of her streetin reference to the former Eastenders キャラクター, was fatally injured in the fall.

    The fire was started by schizophrenic Mark O’Brien, who claimed he had been shouted at and called a paedophile.

    しかしながら, when he was arrested in バーミンガム city centre, 彼は警察に言った: ‘F*** sake think I got the wrong door.

    Ms Wright’s son Andrew France, 53, had jumped from the burning home in Lapworth Grove, Balsall Health, with his mother in his arms on April 18 昨年, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

    Mr France and Ms Wright had never come across O’Brien before, the court yesterday heard.

    Ms Wright died on the night of April 18 from her injuries after the fall.

    Peggy Wright, 83, (写真) known affectionately as the 'Peggy Mitchell of her street' in reference to the former Eastenders matriarch, died in the fall. The fire was started by schizophrenic Mark O'Brien, who claimed he had been shouted at and called a paedophile

    Peggy Wright, 83, (写真) known affectionately as the ‘Peggy Mitchell of her streetin reference to the former Eastenders matriarch, died in the fall. The fire was started by schizophrenic Mark O’Brien, who claimed he had been shouted at and called a paedophile

    O’Brien was arrested a few hours later outside a Wagamama restaurant in Birmingham city centre and told police his head had ‘flipped.

    It was alleged he had in fact been shouting to himself the night before the fire.

    Police initially charged O’Brien with murder, attempted murder and arson intending to endanger life.

    However he later pleaded guilty to manslaughter due to diminished responsibility, arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered and grievous bodily harm.

    O’Brien’s pleas were accepted after medical evidence from a number of professionals.

    Yesterday’s hearing was told by expert psychiatrist Dr Nicholas Kennedy that O’Brien suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.

    Addressing Ms Wright’s friends and family in the public gallery of the court, O’Brien stood and said: ‘Sorry for what happened. I didn’t mean it.

    起訴, Edmund Vickers said that the defendant lived in a multiple occupancy house on Lapworth Grove for around three weeks before the fire.

    四月に 18 at 8.25am, Mr Vickers said that O’Brien told a neighbour he was ‘f***** offclaiming someone had been ‘shouting and screaming at me all night, calling me a paedophile and a nonce.

    But Mr Vickers said that the neighbour heard ‘no such shoutingapart from shouting coming from Mr O’Brien.

    Speaking on the fire, Mr Vickers said: ‘Andrew France lived at the address with his 83-year-old mother, Peggy Wright.

    ‘They had both gone to bed. Mr France awoke the next morning and immediately saw flames coming up the stairs. He could smell petrol. He awoke his mother realising he couldn’t exit the house going down the stairs.

    ‘He opened her bedroom window. The flames were coming into the bedroom and both were caught by the flames which led them to the window.

    ‘Ms Wright weighed only six stone. 彼 (Mr France) cuddled her in his arms and, holding onto her, jumped with her to the ground below. Unfortunately they landed heavily and he immediately realised both suffered serious injuries in the fall.

    Ms Wright was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital at 10.50am but her injuries were ‘unsurvivableand she died at 11pm.

    Mr Vickers added that Mr France also suffered serious injuries and would be mentally ‘scarredby the ordeal.

    Ms Wright's son Andrew France, 53, had jumped from the burning home in Lapworth Grove, Balsall Health, with his mother in his arms on April 18 昨年, Birmingham Crown Court heard. 写真: Tributes outside Ms Wright's home

    Ms Wright’s son Andrew France, 53, had jumped from the burning home in Lapworth Grove, Balsall Health, with his mother in his arms on April 18 昨年, Birmingham Crown Court heard. 写真: Tributes outside Ms Wright’s home

    Officers arrested O’Brien on the steps outside Wagamama in Birmingham City Centre at around 2pm on April 18 昨年.

    He was captured on body-worn cameras saying: ‘He should have known something was going to happen. What he did to me was vulgar he deserved f****** everything. None of this would have happened if you had sorted it out. He fried my brain.

    ‘I talked to the man on the phone and told the geezer I burnt his house. He shouldn’t have pushed me. I told him to stop, he wouldn’t stop. Simple as. My head f****** flipped I don’t even remember doing it.

    Mr Vickers then said that when O’Brien was re-arrested on suspicion of murder, これは、時には王室の行事を特徴付ける息苦しい形式から彼らを揺さぶるのに役立ちました: ‘F*** sake think I have got the wrong door.

    Birmingham Crown Court heard that O’Brien’s mental health issues were ‘exacerbated by alcohol and drug dependency.

    Judge Paul Farrer QC said the defendant ‘denies an intent to kill or cause serious harm and asserts he believed the house to be empty’.

    Dr Kennedy told the court that O’Brien’s paranoid schizophrenia was ‘treatment-resistantmeaning that he was on anti-psychotic medication called Clozapine.

    When asked if the defendant could be successfully treated in prison, 彼は言った: ‘It would allow for it but it would be far less than ideal.

    Judge Farrer confirmed that he would pass sentence on Wednesday April 13. O'Brien was remanded to Birmingham's Tamarind Centre, a medium secure facility

    Judge Farrer confirmed that he would pass sentence on Wednesday April 13. O’Brien was remanded to Birmingham’s Tamarind Centre, a medium secure facility

    Birmingham Crown Court heard that people who came off the medication could deteriorate and become ‘unwell very quicklywhich ‘could go undetectedin prison.

    彼女はまた、CardiBの曲WAPを「最大の侮辱の1つ」として非難しました, Andrew Smith said that at the time of the offence, O’Brien suffered from an ‘overwhelming psychotic episode.

    彼が追加した: ‘His mental illness directly drove the commission of criminal offences.

    And Mr Smith also argued that O’Brien ‘did not disengagewith his medical treatment and that alcohol only played a ‘minimal rolein his actions.

    Judge Farrer confirmed that he would pass sentence on Wednesday April 13.

    He told O’Brien: ‘I don’t lose sight of the fact you want to know what the sentence is in this case but I have heard very detailed submissions and I need to think about them because everyone, including you, wants me to get this right. I’m going to take the weekend to reflect on everything I have heard.

    O’Brien was remanded to Birmingham’s Tamarind Centre, a medium secure facility.