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Violent fantasist who stabbed innocent man to death is jailed

PUBLISHED: 12:52 22 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:50 25 August 2010

A THUG who stabbed a stranger to death in the street weeks after telling his GP he fantasised about killing someone has been jailed for 22 years.

A THUG who stabbed a stranger to death in the street weeks after telling his GP he fantasised about killing someone has been jailed for 22 years.

Michael Bowden, 28, of Marden Square, Bermondsey, launched the unprovoked attack on father-of-two Paul Martin, 25, from Greenwich, in anger after his girlfriend did not answer her phone.

Bowden, who was on bail for a racist attack on a shop owner at the time of the killing, was convicted of murder by an Old Bailey jury on Tuesday after just 90 minutes deliberation and sentenced on Wednesday.

Innocent Mr Martin had been waiting for a lift home with his girlfriend Jessica Ryan and two friends after a night out in Greenwich.

Without warning, Bowden stormed up to him, after coming out of the phone box which he used to try and call his girlfriend, and demanded: "What the f*** are you looking at?" before stabbing him five times.

CCTV cameras captured Mr Martin slumping to the floor with blood pumping from the fatal wound to his neck in the early hours of March 29 last year.

Bowden had been prescribed antidepressants by his GP a few months before the killing after describing his violent fantasies.

Defence psychiatrist Peter Pierzchniak said: "He would find himself looking at strange men and being suspicious of their intentions towards him. He would then black out and become violent.

"He was concerned he could end up killing someone."

The GP referred him to a psychiatrist and he was assessed at the Maudsley Hospital in Camberwell on March 3, last year.

Bowden again described violent thoughts and claimed he was the victim of a conspiracy. Mr Pierzchniak said: "These fantasies involved either him getting stabbed or him stabbing someone else.

"He had no specific target for these fantasies although on one occasion he attacked his father in a pub."

However, he was discharged the next day and jurors heard he was waiting for an appointment with the outpatient community team when he attacked Mr Martin. He had spent the evening drinking before repeatedly trying to contact his girlfriend by phone. Bowden claimed he had bipolar disorder and pleaded guilty to manslaughter due to diminished responsibility. But, jurors rejected his defence and convicted him of murder. At the time of the killing, Bowden had been on bail for racially aggravated assault, two charges of common assault and three of criminal damage.

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