One-armed rollerskater who stabbed people at random cleared of attempted murder

A man who claims he is “the chosen one” has been cleared of attempted murder by reason of insanity after stabbing three passers by in a random attack.

Troubled Benjamin Bridgeman believed he was sent to save the world and knifed three men while on a rollerskater in February.

The one-armed man, diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder aged 17, was eventually Tasered by police in Bristol.

The Bristol Post report that the 38-year-old has dabbled in recreational drug use since his early teens.

He won’t face prison despite admitting the attack and his family thanked the jury for their understanding and compassion.

Bristol Crown Court heard he he ‘became convinced he was in a world of good and bad people, pitched in battle, and his family would be taken over by aliens and killed’.

Justin Edward, Yedhu Prakash and Robert Day sustaining stab wounds in the incident six months ago.

After trying to arrest him, police Sergeant Ross Hurwood also sustained a head injury.

He was charged with three charges of attempted murder, three charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, attempted wounding with intent and having an offensive weapon.

Experts said he was suffering from a “disease of the mind” when he created the trail of carnage.

A jury acquitted him of all charges by reason of insanity.

A statement from Bridgeman’s family said: “His family and friends are grateful for the mental health intervention he has been receiving since his mental heath crisis.

“Our thoughts and heartfelt sympathy go out to the victims. We acknowledge that the incident must have been terrifying for the victims and all those involved.

“We are truly sorry it ever came to this. We believe more resources need to be made available within the mental health services to prevent events like this reoccurring in the future.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the jury for their verdicts, the mental health professionals, Ben’s legal team and Avon and Somerset Constabulary.”