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Road rage killer told experts he was 'calm like Jesus Christ', court is told

Mirror Mirror 5/05/2016 By Ben Rossington
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A mentally ill man told experts he was “calm like Jesus Christ” when he knifed a great-grandad 39 times in the road, a murder trial heard.

Matthew Daley, 35, suffered from voices in his head for more than 10 years before killing retired solicitor Don Lock after a minor crash one evening last summer, a jury has been told.

Dr Jacob Harvey assessed Daley soon after his arrest and found although he had a mental disorder and had stopped taking his anti-psychotic medication, he deemed the defendant was fit to be charged.

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In a statement read to the court , Dr Harvey said: “When I asked him about the attack he said he was below the scenario, that he was generally not bothered by the incident.

“He said ‘I remained calm like Jesus Christ’. He didn’t think he was Jesus Christ, he just meant he remained calm and composed throughout.

“He even said the kill was very calm.”

One expert said Daley was at the beginning of a psychotic breakdown and on the verge of losing touch with reality when he attacked cycling enthusiast Mr Lock, 79, following the 16mph collision.

Daley, the court has heard, slammed on his brakes on the bypass and Mr Lock clipped him from behind.

Dr Michael Lawson said that Daley had first shown signs of mental illness 15 years ago and demonstrated the onset of paranoid schizophrenia between the ages of 19 and 23.

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Dr Lawson said: “It’s a major disorder of thought, where a person loses touch with reality, forms paranoid views of the world and experiences a number of distressing symptoms, such as voices and delusional ideation.

“My conclusion was that, at the time of the alleged offence, Mr Daley was in all likelihood beginning to break down, beginning to experience the acute symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia.

“Although I didn’t think he was at the point where he would have been completely incapacitated by the illness, my conclusion was that he was beginning to break down into that acute phase.”

Dr Lawson later admitted he had not seen Daley’s police interviews and they could have changed his opinion.

© Provided by Mirror Earlier in the day, Mr Lock’s widow, Maureen, had to leave court as the jury were played the police video interview that showed Daley reenacting the killing.

Brighton and Hove Albion season ticket holder Mr Lock, who had recently been given the all-clear from prostate cancer, died on the A24 near Worthing, West Sussex, on July 16.

In the interview played to Lewes Crown Court, the defendant said he was remorseful for the killing.

He told officers: “I’m not happy that the man has died. I’m not happy that in the final minutes of his life he was in that much pain, and I don’t want to be reminded of it.

“I feel very sorry about what I have done and I don’t want to see anything like that happen in my lifetime again.”

The jury were told it would be the only account they would hear from Daley as he would not be entering the witness box to give evidence.

Daley, of Worthing, denies murder.

The case continues.

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