Man who stabbed friend with a screwdriver detained in psychiatric unit. - The Leamington Observer

Man who stabbed friend with a screwdriver detained in psychiatric unit.

Leamington Editorial 13th Jan, 2020   0

A YOUNG man who stabbed a friend with a screwdriver after returning to his victim’s Leamington flat has been detained in a psychiatric unit.

Samuel Ogden, of Wheatfield Road, Rugby, appeared at Warwick Crown Court after pleading guilty to a charge of wounding.

And following adjournments for psychiatric reports to be prepared on the 21-year-old, Judge Anthony Potter imposed a hospital order under the Mental Health Act.

Under the order, Ogden, who was living at a hostel in Leamington at the time, will be detained in a secure psychiatric unit until doctors treating him decide he can be discharged.




Prosecutor William Douglas-Jones said Ogden and and his friend knew each-other, and in November 2018 they bumped into each-other in Leamington town centre.

His friend invited Ogden back to his flat for a smoke and a drink, and having gone there they drank brandy and ‘the good part of a crate of beer,’ as well as taking cocaine Ogden had taken with him.


Ogden then became loud and aggressive, threatening he would stab people, and it got to the stage where he was asked to leave.

On his way out, he fell into the hallway, and as his friend tried to help him up, Ogden swung a punch at him before leaving.

Two hours later his friend was woken by banging on his door, and when he opened it he was confronted by Ogden demanding the return of his phone which he claimed to have left there.

His friend explained Ogden had taken the phone with him when he left, but that he could come in and look for it if he wanted to.

But once inside, Ogden punched him before jumping on top of him with his hands round his throat, choking him.

His friend fought back and got him off, at which Ogden grabbed a small screwdriver from on the sideboard and attacked him again, knocking him down and punching and elbowing him and stabbing him with the screwdriver. The victim suffered three minor stab wounds to his thigh, arm and hand.

Mr Douglas-Jones added Ogden was ‘heavily convicted’ – but had no previous convictions for violence although he did have one for possessing a bladed article in public.

Judge Potter observed there were two psychiatric reports on Ogden, both of which recommended a hospital order which ‘will reduce the risk he poses to the public.’

He said Ogden’s parents had done their best to support him, and David Everett, defending, said: “They are a respectable family and worked really hard to get some attention for their son, but it just hasn’t succeeded, and he hasn’t got to the place he needed – in-patient treatment.

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