Terrifying moment Turkish loner, 67, who attacked four innocent women in a stabbing spree outside a Sainsbury’s supermarket as he is jailed for 20 years
- Ethem Orhon, 67, went on a stabbing rampage outside Sainsbury’s store
- He’d been released just 90 minutes before having spent night in police cell
- Pensioner jailed for 20 years for attempted murder and wounding charges
- Footage shows his terrifying rampage in supermarket car park on May 20
This is the shocking moment a Turkish loner went on a terrifying rampage stabbing four innocent women in a supermarket car park.
Ethem Orhon, 67, sparked mass panic when he began knifing shoppers outside a Sainsbury’s store in Hampton, south west London on May 20.
He had been released by police just 90 minutes before he began charging at his innocent victims and slashing them with a ‘Leatherman’ knife.
Dramatic video footage of the attack was released today as the pensioner was jailed for 20 years for the stabbing spree.
Dramatic video footage of the attack was released today as the pensioner was jailed for 20 years for the stabbing spree. He had been released by police just 90 minutes before the attack.
Mother of two Janet Morsy, 62, was left fighting for her life in hospital after she was stabbed a dozen times in the bloodbath, Kingston Crown Court heard.
Suzanna Brand, 54, Jean Sullivan, 68, and Charandasi Chandiramani, 71, were also seriously injured.
Orhon was today convicted of two counts of attempted murder and two counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. The jury took four hours and 55 minutes to find him guilty of all charges.
He remained emotionless as he was given two 20-year sentences for two counts of attempted murder and two nine-year sentences for two counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. All sentences are to be served concurrently.
Ethem Orhon, 67 (pictured), went on the rampage outside a Sainsbury’s store in Hampton, south west London, just 90 minutes after he was released by police.
Judge Paul Dodgson told him: ‘This was a planned attempt to kill albeit while the balance of your mind was disturbed. You took that knife intending to use it, intending to kill people.’
The judge said he clearly has ‘an unusual personality’, adding: ‘You are on your own and as a loner it may be you are someone who tends to brood on matters.’
Two of his victims broke down in tears as the verdicts were read out.
Orhon said the random attacks near his home on May 20 had been triggered after he felt humiliated by police who arrested him the previous day for possession of a knife.
The 67-year-old, who lives in Hampton, Middlesex, did not dispute the stabbings but had denied the charges. He claimed he was ‘hypnotised and framed by police’.
Before the attacks, he had been arrested on drugs offences and for possession of a blade. He was held overnight but bailed the next morning to attend court at a later date.
However, he rushed home, grabbed a ‘Leatherman’ knife and went out on the murder rampage.
Janet Morsy, 62 (left), was left fighting for her life after the attack while Charandasi Chandiramani (pictured right outside court) was stabbed twice in the back at a bus stop
Ethem Orhon, 67, has been found guilty of attempted murder and two counts of wounding with intent to cause GBH after a stabbing spree in the car park of Sainsbury’s in Hampton, west London. One of the victims is pictured being treated by paramedics following the incident.
Holding up a knife with a four-inch blade, Jonathan Polnay, prosecuting, told the jury that Orhon ‘plunged this knife at least 20 times into four innocent members of the public who had been doing their shopping’.
The attack only stopped when two brave schoolboys from Hampton School distracted Orhon, warned others and called police, remaining on the phone with the 999 operator the entire time.
One of the boys described Orhon as ‘bats*** crazy.’
After police arrived at the scene and threatened to Taser him, the pensioner threw down his knife and gave himself up.
This was a planned attempt to kill albeit while the balance of your mind was disturbed. You took that knife intending to use it, intending to kill people– Judge Paul Dodgson
He was wearing the same clothes from the day before and carrying a rucksack containing Turkish identification materials, a UK passport, 1,075 euros and £307.87 in cash, the jury was told.
Police then searched his home and found a Tube guide with the words ‘murder at green lights’ written in pen, a newspaper cutting about a terrorist attack and brochures advertising Leatherman knives.
Following his arrest, the bearded divorcee claimed he was ‘not himself’ when he walked out of the police station claiming he had been ‘hypnotised’ and ‘framed by the police’.
He said: ‘I was not myself, I was just stabbing and stabbing. I never wanted to hurt anybody.
‘I was like hypnotised, I was not in my own control. It was like I was under the control of someone else, I didn’t intend to kill anyone. I went to get the knife but not with the intention to kill.’
The court heard how Ms Brand, who has learning difficulties, was hit from behind, struck 13 times and left with two collapsed lungs during the rampage.
Orhon carried out the attacks just 90 minutes after police released him, a trial heard this week.
A screaming Ms Morsy thought she was going to die as she was struck in the arm and chest and tried to defend herself. She begged Orhon not to hurt her, but she was stabbed anyway.
Ms Sullivan was stabbed in the back causing damage to her chest wall, right lung and liver. Ms Chandiramani was stabbed twice in the back.
Giving evidence, victim Ms Morsy told jurors she had gone out that day to buy her son a birthday present.
JURORS SHOWN CCTV FOOTAGE OF ORHON RUNNING AROUND CAR PARK ‘LOOKING FOR NEXT VICTIM’
Dramatic CCTV footage of Orhon allegedly attacking two of the women with a knife was shown to jurors today.
He is seen first chasing a schoolboy before turning his attention to Jean Sullivan and stabbing her in the back as she tried to flee.
After that, Orhon is allegedly seen running around the carpark before finding his next victim, Janet Morsy.
He appears to grab her with his left hand before plunging a knife into her body.
Miraculously, Ms Sullivan, unaware she has been stabbed in the back, climbs into her car and reverses out.
It is only when she has driven halfway round the carpark that she realises she has been stabbed, stops and seeks help.
Members of the public are then seen helping her before police arrive just minutes later.
She said: I said ‘please don’t hurt me, please don’t do it please’. ‘He seemed to do it with intent, he didn’t hesitate.
‘I thought this is getting really scary, this isn’t going to stop, I’m going to die in a Sainsbury’s carpark.’
Another victim, Ms Brand, said she was meeting her mother when she was set upon.
‘I was trying to walk away but he got me,’ she said. ‘He stabbed me and I kicked him. It was 12 stabs.’
Ms Chandiramani was attacked as she checked bus times. She said: ‘Suddenly I heard a terrible scream.
‘This woman was on the ground and he was still hurting her.
‘I knew I was in danger so ran across the car park. He came after me and he stabbed me twice in the back.’
Ms Chandiramani said the knifeman looked ‘deranged and on a mission.’
Orhon came to the UK from Turkey in 1989, and had lived in a council property for 14 years, a property that was only minutes away from the supermarket.
He said he was humiliated by police the day before the attacks after being arrested for alleged drugs possession.
He said: ‘They strip searched me and left me naked for 20 hours. They laughed and one whistled. I was treated like an animal.’
Orhon told jurors he remembered going to the Sainsbury’s, but didn’t remember the attacks.
He said: ‘I don’t remember stabbing people.
‘I may get years, I am expecting that. I am going to go to prison. But I know what I believe. I believe that I have been hypnotised, I have been set up by the police.’
Forensic officers work at the scene after the women were stabbed in the supermarket car park
Orhon was wearing the same clothes from the day before and carrying a rucksack containing Turkish identification materials when he was detained by police following the knifing rampage.
Consultant forensic psychiatrist Dr Philip Joseph said that Orhon, who had no previous contact with the medical services, is suffering from paranoid psychosis which may put a person out of touch with reality.
The court heard he was briefly married and has no children, he plays chess a lot, is always by himself, dropped out from an architecture course and spends a lot of time in the library.
He has said he has no friends, does not want anything, does not have a GP and does not get depressed or angry.
Orhon has had stints of homelessness and living in tents, during which time he shoplifted.
He has previous convictions for possessing an offensive weapon, shoplifting, one of obtaining property be deception, battery, disorderly behaviour and three of failing to surrender.
As well as his prison sentences, Orhon was also ordered to be on license for five years following his release, and must serve two thirds of his sentence.
Turning his attention to the bravery of the two boys who distracted Orhon, the judge awarded them £1,000 each and said: ‘Their actions and their courage almost certainly prevented an even worse disaster.
‘They will be invited to a ceremony by the Sheffield of London to receive these awards.’
The court heard Orhon had been arrested the day before the attack on suspicion of drugs possession in Kensington. Police are pictured gathering evidence following his arrest.
BOY WHO DISTRACTED ORHON SAID HE WAS ‘UNBELIEVABLY SCARY’ AND GOING AFTER ‘ANYONE HE COULD GET NEAR’
The boy described watching the 71-year-old Charandasi Chandiramani banging on a car door, asking the driver for help before being spotted by Orhon.
He said: ‘He was following her. But then he sees us, forgets about her, and we’re not sure about this guy. ‘We didn’t feel too unsafe just yet. He comes across the road towards us.
‘We thought, ‘this is just wrong’. He is still walking, and we just thought he was a bit wrong in the head. He didn’t look right. He looked bat-s*** f****** insane.
‘Maybe he was off his meds or something.’
The boy said as the man approached he revealed the knife in his right hand.
‘As he came towards us he was almost calm, but his eyes were just wrong,’ he said.
‘He was making stabbing motions at us. I stumbled again. I’m not thinking clearly. At this point, he starts to come after me.
‘He didn’t have a specific target. He was just going after anyone he could get near to. The way he was moving was unbelievably scary.’