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Killer jailed for life after stabbing pensioner to death

|News, Violent crime

A man has been jailed for life after stabbing a 70-year-old to death in a random attack at a Shropshire beauty spot.

Moses Christensen, 22, was convicted at Birmingham Crown Court on 3 March for murdering Richard Hall on the afternoon of 13 August last year. Christensen attacked Mr Hall with a combat style knife when he was walking on Brown Clee Hill, Shropshire.

Afterwards Christensen knocked on a stranger’s door in Burwarton, Bridgnorth, and asked for the police to be called saying that that he had committed a crime.

Christensen told the police how he had deliberately planned and killed somebody using a knife. His mother had indicated that Christensen had said that he was going to kill three of his former teachers.

During the seven-day trial Christensen did not testify but relied on psychiatric evidence to suggest that his mental state at the time of the killing was consistent with manslaughter rather than murder. As demonstrated by the verdict, the jury rejected this argument.

Peter Grice of the CPS said: “This was a horrific and random killing of a man walking at a popular Shropshire beauty spot.

‘’It is not possible to comprehend the extent to which Richard Hall’s family and friends have suffered and will continue to suffer because of their loss and my thoughts remain with them.’’

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