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mardi 13 mars 2007

Teenage knife violence

-obsessed teenager killed two friends
By Stewart Payne

Last Updated: 3:29am GMT 13/03/2007
A teenage boy who had an obsession with knives and horror films killed two school friends with a hunting knife, leaving one with his head almost severed from his body, a court was told yesterday.
Thomas Palmer, who was 18 at the time, attacked the two boys as they walked through woodland near their homes in Wokingham, Berks.
"The manner in which these two boys met their deaths was particularly savage and brutal," said Julian Baughan, prosecuting at Reading Crown Court.
Palmer, who is now 20, was not in the dock to hear the evidence against him on the advice of mental health staff, who said it would not be good for his state of mind. He admits killing Steven Bayliss, 16, and Twood Nadauld, 14, but denies their murder.
The court heard that Bayliss, who was friendly with both his victims, had a fixation with knives and used one to scratch a swastika on his chest.
On the day of the killing eight friends had spent the afternoon together before Palmer, Steven and Twood separated from the rest of the group.
He was talking with the boys on a path known as Bluebell Walk when an argument developed. He produced the knife, which had a 7in blade, and attacked the boys.
Mr Baughan told the jury that Palmer made a 999 call to police. "He said, among other things, 'There's two people hurt over on the pathway. I should be arrested for it. They've been cut slightly.' "
When police arrived at the scene the injuries to Steven led officers to believe that an attempt had been made to sever his head from his body, said Mr Baughan.
He said that when arrested by the police, Palmer had told them he had "little or no recollection of the event or how the injuries were caused."
Palmer had bought 20 bottles and cans of lager for the group to drink.
No alcohol was found in blood and urine samples taken from him.
Steven, who had just left school, was a close friend of Thai-born Twood, who was still a pupil at Emmbrook School, Wokingham.
Police found a collection of knives, a sword, blades, a punching board and a black martial arts suit in Palmer's bedroom. "He regularly went out with one or other of his knives," said Mr Baughan.
"This defendant has an unhealthy interest or even a fascination with violence," he said.
Palmer would sit with his girlfriend, Ruth Cunningham, to watch martial arts and horror videos.
One was called The Last Horror Film. In an interview with police Miss Cunningham said: "It was about this guy who kills people and he keeps a video of it. He said it was a 'wicked' film, wicked as in cool. We only watched one funny film. All the rest were either martial arts or horror."
She said Palmer would shoot wildlife from his bedroom window with an air rifle. "He would rather go shooting than be with me. One time we would just be kissing on the sofa and he saw a bird and went and got his air rifle and shot it."
She described him as being in "his own little world", adding: "I had a feeling he did not really want to grow up because he hung around with 14-year-olds."
The court heard that Palmer would meet younger boys to act out stunts from television programmes such as Jackass and Dirty Sanchez.
Palmer had been a cannabis user but had given it up because he wanted to join the RAF.

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