Man jailed for attempting to murder his GP with a crossbow

|News, Violent crime

A man who tried to kill his GP with a crossbow has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for attempted murder today (15 February 2019).

Mark Waterfall, 46, entered Suthergrey House Medical Centre in Watford on the morning of 10 July last year, armed with a loaded crossbow hidden in two carrier bags.

Crossbow found at the GP surgery
Crossbow found at Suthergrey House Medical Centre

He located the GP’s room at the surgery and pointed the crossbow at him stating “you murdered my father, so I am going to kill you”. He then fired the crossbow at close range and the metal tipped bolt entered the doctor’s body, though not deep enough to fatally injure him.

Martin Mulgrew, from the CPS, said: “Mark Waterfall was intent on killing the GP when he went to his surgery.

“We were able to present the court with evidence which showed his anger and growing irrational hatred towards the doctor and other medical professionals.

“And there was no doubt that the crossbow Waterfall chose was capable of inflicting fatal injury.

“The doctor was extremely lucky to escape with his life that day after being shot at such close range. And despite his injuries, he showed great courage in putting the safety of others before his own, following the defendant out of the surgery to persuade him to hand himself in.”

Waterfall was found guilty of attempted murder on 7 January 2019. He was jailed for 20 years at St Albans Crown Court.

Notes to editors

  • Martin Mulgrew is a Senior Crown Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service
  • Waterfall was found guilty of attempted murder on 7 January 2019. He was jailed for 20 years at St Albans Crown Court on 15 February 2019.
  • A photo of the crossbow used by Waterfall is available on request

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