Sunday, 22 November 2015

Man, 20 Kills Friend After taking psychedelic drugs

A family have spoken of their pain at losing their son after he was stabbed to death by a friend on a psychedelic drug known as Mr Happy.

Sam Donley, 20, was high on 25i-NBOMe at his parents' house when he attacked and killed bandmate Liam Miller – stabbing him 32 times.
A court heard that Donley believed he was stabbing a skull to get out of a dream world - when in reality he was stabbing his friend with a kitchen knife.
Neighbours, paramedics and police fought to save the 20-year-old, but he later died of his horrific wounds.
In a statement Liam's father, brother and sister and their partners and Liam's nephew, said: "It is hard to accept that he had his whole life in front of him. It was such a waste of life and he didn't deserve what happened.
"Without any doubt, this is the hardest and most painful experience any human being will have to go through.
"It is very difficult for us to put into words or express how we feel or what we wanted the outcome to be. We know that nothing can ever bring him back.
Meanwhile, Sam Donley has been jailed after admitting manslaughter and grievous bodily harm
The day of the tragic event the men had decided to experiment with hallucinogenic drugs while they were alone in Donley's parents’ home in York.
They both took the drug 25i-NBOMe - also known as N-bomb, Smiles, Mr Happy or Solaris - and began to record their feelings and experiences as the effects took hold.
But the evening took a very dark turn.
Leeds Crown Court, West Yorks, heard last week that as Liam lay injured in the driveway of the home a 60-year-old passer-by came to his aid thinking he had suffered a seizure.
But after comprehending what was going on, the man ran in fear for his life, quickly followed by Donley who attacked him several times with the knife.
At the same time, Donley's neighbours were disturbed by the noise and came out to see what was happening.
One quick-thinking neighbour ran after Donley and made him return to his house and shut him inside.
When the emergency services arrived at the scene, Donley was arrested following a violent confrontation with police officers.
Donley has been jailed for six years and eight months after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Liam and to causing grievous bodily harm to the 60-year-old man.
No motive for the attack has been established and the conclusion is that Donley killed Liam, of Terrington, North Yorks, during a psychotic episode brought on by the drug.
Following the case police have since warned of the dangers of psychedelic drugs.
Detective inspector Mark Pearson of North Yorkshire Police's Major Crime Unit, said: "What started out as two best friends enjoying a night together, has ended in catastrophic circumstances.
"Liam Miller's promising life has been cut short. Sam Donley is facing several years in prison and has to live with the fact that he has killed his best friend.
“If ever there was a stark reminder of the dangers in taking drugs - this is it.
"This case must surely be a wake-up call to everyone who experiments with illegal drugs. It is simply not worth putting your life or anyone else's in such grave danger."
Users of 25i-NBOMe have been found to suffer from paranoia, violence, agitation, seizures and hallucinogenic effects.
It can also cause increased heart rate and blood pressure which can in extreme cases lead to heart failure.



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