Woman told ‘I’m wanted for murder, one more won’t matter’ by meat cleaver attacker

Morgan Helsby has been jailed for more than 11 years

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A woman attacked in her own home was told 'I'm wanted for murder already, one more won't matter' by a man brandishing a meat cleaver.

Morgan Helsby and an unidentified accomplice conned their way into the victim's home before he took out a knife and made his chilling threat, a court heard.

Helsby, 22, fled the Walsall property with £2,000 worth of mobile phones and jewellery during the February 15 incident, Birmingham Live reports.

He admitted robbery, possession of an offensive weapon as well as two earlier offences of assaulting prison officers and was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court for 11 years and eight months.

Prosecutor Sally Cairns said: "The victim heard a knock at the front door, she heard a woman calling her name through the letter box and believed it was a friend. Upon opening it the defendant lunged forward and stabbed her in the shoulder.

"The defendant said 'I'm already wanted for murder, one more won't matter."

Helsby later denied saying it and was not actually wanted for murder, the court heard.

Ms Cairns said Helsby slashed the knife at the hip and arm of the 'petrified' victim who at one point tried to run before he dragged her back and snatched a gold chain from her neck.

The victim ended up on the floor and tried to fight off the defendant, biting him in the process, prompting him to grab the meat cleaver from the kitchen and attack her with that.

The case was heard at Birmingham Crown Court

She suffered cuts to her head, bruising and swelling to her face as well as a wound to her arm which severed the nerve.

The court heard about Helsby's attacks on two prison officers on April 17 last year, at HMP Parc youth offenders' institute in Wales, where he was serving a sentence for a robbery from 2015.

He got into a row with an officer over his breakfast and not being able to leave his cell before grabbed their throat and putting him in a headlock.

Restrained by two further officers he bit one on the arm.

Marie de Redman, defending, said Helsby was not receiving proper medication at the time, was paranoid his prison food was being poisoned by officers and felt he was 'under attack'.

Regarding the robbery she said: "Others orchestrated the plan and he was told it was up to him to commit that robbery and get the gold and steal items from the address.

"The accomplice was instrumental in coming up with the plan and identifying the target.

"Mr Helsby knew nothing about the occupants, in fact he was expecting someone else to be there. He didn't know who the victim was. He was essentially wound up and let go by others.

"His peers knew he can be manipulated in that way and they used him has a weapon. He was not wanted for murder. He has no recollection of saying that and disputes it was said.

"He is easily led, that's a concern. He is highly suggestible and prone to exploitation. He's left to do the dirty work."

Judge Roderick Henderson also concluded he was 'dangerous', as defined by law, and imposed an extended five-year licence period which he must adhere to upon release.

He said: "I couldn't possibly conclude otherwise that you are dangerous within the legislation and pose a significant risk of serious harm by committing further specified offences.

"I do accept on the other side of the case you have very serious and many difficulties to cope with, some of them within yourself and some of them as a result of life experience, some of which have been dreadful and no-one should have to face what you went through.

"But a significant part of my sentence has to be to protect the public."

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