Nicholas Jones, 35 of Oaks Road, Kenley pleaded guilty to manslaughter due to diminished responsibility and was sentenced to an indefinite custodial hospital order under the Mental Health Act 1983 following a trial at the Old Bailey on Monday, 27 September.
In the early evening on the day of the attack, Jones’ mother spoke with her son about when he was planning to go to sleep, said goodnight, and went upstairs to her own bedroom where she sat on the bed with her partner whilst they both browsed on their phones.
At around 6pm Jones climbed the stairs, rushed into the room and plunged a 15-inch knife into Paul McCarroll’s torso, which entered his left lung and severed the main artery. Jones then immediately rushed out of the house and called the emergency services, giving them his full name, the name of the victim and stating that he had stabbed his mother’s partner because he believed that he was trying to “mind control” him. He also told officers who arrived at the scene that he had been hearing voices in his head for years.
Emergency services worked incredibly hard to try to save Paul’s life, but he was pronounced dead at 6.50pm Detectives reviewing the case found that in January 2018, Jones had informed his GP that he could hear multiple different voices, sometimes saying negative things to him. Jones said that he would be frustrated and angry about the voices and had thrown and broken objects when the voices were ‘winding him up’.
Paul McCarroll’s sister Mel said: “The loss of my brother Paul through this terrible act of violence has left an agonising trauma that will resonate with us all for as long as we live. His granddaughter has been denied the chance to grow up surrounded by the love Paul would have shown her.