Psychotic rampage man jailed

Lea Kelly.

Lea Kelly.

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A man has been sentenced to five years imprisonment after pleading guilty to going on a psychotic rampage through the streets of Hatfield, terrorising and assaulting people.

Lea Kelly, 32, of Campion Road, was sentenced to a total of 59 months imprisonment at St Albans Crown Court on Thursday, September 22, after pleading guilty to actual bodily harm (ABH), affray and three counts of common assault.

The crimes happened on the morning of January 23, 2016, in Hatfield when Kelly experienced a “psychotic episode” after taking a cocktail of heroin, methadone and a bottle of whisky.

Between 8.50am and 9.10am, in his drink and drug induced state, Kelly travelled from Campion Road, along Great Braitch Lane, into Mulberry Mead and then Bracken Court. During this time he forced his way into three properties and assaulted four people.

A police spokeswoman said: “When police arrived on the scene, Kelly was in a property in Bracken Court and in possession of a knife.

“For the safety of themselves and for any other members of the public in the area, officers used tasers to detain Kelly and he was subsequently arrested.”

For more on this story see this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times, out on Wednesday.


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