Cannabis addict obsessed with serial killings who stabbed two elderly women jailed

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A cannabis addict obsessed with stabbings and serial killings has been jailed for life after he knifed two lone elderly women in alleyway attacks.

Jayden Hayes attempted to kill one of his victims just 90 minutes after he had been released on bail by magistrates following other alleged offences.

The court had been provided with 'misleading' information, it was said.

After he was bailed the 24-year-old collected his bike from a friend's house in Oldham, along with a wooden-handled steak knife, and was then captured on CCTV scouting the area to find a lone woman.

He first struck on November 1, 2019, when he stabbed a 61-year-old Joy Clarke nine times as she returned home from a chip shop in Oldham.

Jayden Hayes admitted he attempted to kill two women

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She was knifed in the head, face and chest and was rushed to hospital with serious injuries but miraculously survived, Manchester Evening News reports.

Rob Hall, prosecuting, said Hayes struck Ms Clarke to the right side of her head above her ear with such force the blow knocked off her glasses and knocked out her dentures but luckily she landed on a wheelie bin rather than the ground.

His second victim was a 71-year-old woman who he attacked in an alleyway off in the Derker area on November 20 around 6pm.

He cut her throat and left her for dead.

The injuries Hayes inflicted on one of his victims

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On both occasions, Hayes was seen 'scouting' the area looking for victims.

Hayes, who suffered from drug induced psychosis, was said to have an 'unhealthy interest in stabbings'.

He searched for information about knife attacks online and had a picture of the Coronation Street character Pat Phelan on his phone, who was knifed to death in a plot line in the soap.

"Both women were alone in a public place, and were attacked without warning from behind in the hours of darkness," prosecutor Rob Hall said.

"It was only good fortune and their fortitude that kept them alive."

Both victims were older women

Judge Alan Conrad QC said: "This is a chilling case, in which you Jayden Hayes brought terror to the Oldham area and a case which demonstrates the effect that cannabis can have on a person's mental health causing in you a psychosis which rendered you dangerous in the extreme.

"During this period you indulged in an obsession in stabbings and serial killing by making searches on the internet."

At a previous hearing at Manchester Crown Court in October he pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder and on Friday he was jailed for life with a minimum tariff of 14 years.

Both of Hayes' victims were in court as he was sentenced.

Ms Clarke said she suffers flashbacks and nightmares, and that scars and other injuries are a 'constant reminder' of her ordeal.

The knife Hayes used in both attacks

Reading her statement in court, she said: "I wonder why my attacker did this to me."

Despite the impact of her injuries, Ms Clarke said she hopes that Hayes 'receives the help he needs to change his way'.

The second victim described the day of the attack as the worst in her life, saying she suffers panic attacks and flashbacks.

Police were able to link Hayes to the attack using CCTV and phone evidence.

Upon his arrest, examinations of his phone showed Hayes had been searching for information about knife attacks and serial killers.

Hayes attacked his victims 19 days apart
(Image: GMP Oldham Central)

Earlier on the day he attacked Ms Clarke, Hayes had appeared at Manchester Magistrates' Court in relation to other alleged offences and had been remanded in custody.

He was granted bail, but Hayes' sentencing hearing was told magistrates made the decision after being provided with 'misleading' information.

Hayes claimed to have previously been diagnosed with schizophrenia, and gave details of a property which he said was his stable address.

Within 90 minutes of being released, Hayes attacked Ms Clarke.

After his arrest on December 12, 2019, Hayes was taken to Ashworth hospital, a high security mental health unit, after concerns were raised for his mental health.

The attacks took place 19 days apart
(Image: Colin Horne – Manchester Evening News)

But he will serve his sentence in prison, after prosecutors said it was found his mental health problems had been drug induced.

He had previously stopped taking prescribed medication, and at times refused the help of community mental health staff.

Defending, Keith Sutton said Hayes wished to apologise to those affected by his crimes.

He said Hayes had been a 'very different person' before he started taking drugs.

He pointed out that a doctor said that while Hayes would have known using cannabis could cause problems, he was 'unlikely to have expected to become as severely unwell' as he did.

The scene where Joy Carter was stabbed
(Image: MEN Media)

After the hearing, Detective Inspector Ben Cottam, of GMP's Major Investigations Team, said: "Hayes is a cold and cowardly violent offender.

"Throughout both attacks he remained silent and made no threats or demands of his victims.

"His crimes were of someone who seemingly wanted to inflict the maximum degree of hurt, simply for the sake of it.

"If not for the hard work of our officers I dread to think where Hayes' escalating pattern of offending would have led.

"Thankfully we were able to identify Hayes and remove from our streets a clearly very dangerous individual, before anyone else was hurt."

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