Schizophrenic who stabbed refugee neighbour and cut off his penis convicted of murder

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Jeffrey Barry (left) killed his neighbour Kamil Ahmad in a savage attack (PA)

A paranoid schizophrenic who stabbed his refugee neighbour and cut off his penis hours after being released from hospital against the advice of psychiatrists has been convicted of murder.

Jeffrey Barry, 56, attacked Kamil Ahmad, 49, at his flat on Wells Road in Bristol at about 2am on July 6 last year.

Bristol Crown Court heard that Barry held a long-standing grudge against Iraqi-born Kurd Mr Ahmad and had called police weeks before claiming he was a rapist, a paedophile and a terrorist in Iraq.

He murdered Mr Ahmad in a “savage and sustained” knife attack hours after being released from a psychiatric hospital.

The court heard that psychiatrists had opposed Barry’s release, but a mental health tribunal ruled that he should be discharged.

Barry, who is being held in Broadmoor Hospital, denied murdering Mr Ahmad and instead admitted manslaughter by diminished responsibility.

But a jury unanimously convicted him of murder after two hours of deliberations at the end of the two-week trial.

Barry was convicted of murder at Bristol Crown Court (Google)

Mrs Justice May told the jury: “Notwithstanding the verdict, there are issues of illness here.

“Mr Barry is in Broadmoor for a reason. He is there because he has a mental illness.

“It wasn’t one that was enough to reduce the offence in this case but it exists all the same. It is a chronic, enduring mental illness that requires treatment.”

Barry had lived at the Wells Road property, a multi-occupancy house for adults requiring support, for five years.

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He was racist towards Mr Ahmad, who moved in about three years after him, and claimed he had sex with a fellow resident.

On May 24 last year, he told support workers he wanted to be notorious and murder a member of the public, allegedly adding: “Kamil would be top of my list.”

Barry also wrote notes saying that he planned to kill people living in the house, including Mr Ahmed.

In a phone call to police on May 25 last year, Barry told an operator: “He has raped a vulnerable person.

Undated handout photos issued by Avon and Somerset Police of handwritten notes seized from the home of Jeffrey Barry (PA)

“He has committed two acts of theft and he has broken a television. He is a paedophile and a terrorist in Iraq.”

Barry relapsed after he stopped taking the drug clozapine in November 2015, due to it compromising his immune system.

He was known to be drinking heavily, smoking skunk cannabis and behaving in a sexually inappropriate manner.

On June 13 he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act after being filmed on CCTV performing a sex act, wearing only a police hat.

He was taken to Callington Road Hospital in Bristol before being transferred to the Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke in Weston-super-Mare.

The rambling notes made various outlandish claims (PA)

A mental health tribunal ruled on June 28 that Barry was well enough to be released, after he promised not to drink or take drugs.

Consultant forensic psychiatrist Dr Roger Thomas said the tribunal was unaware of how long Barry had been off clozapine.

They were also unaware of his recent relapse, or of concerns raised by staff at the Milestones Trust, which manages the Wells Road property.

The staff reported that Barry was becomingly increasingly obsessed with Mr Ahmad and was being sexually inappropriate.

Barry left the hospital on July 6 without a care plan in place, despite Dr Thomas recommending that he be detained for further assessment.

Staff at the Milestones Trust were not involved in the decision and were only informed of it a few hours before his return.

They attempted to get an injunction to protect Mr Ahmad but there was not enough time.