Jeffery Barry found guilty of murdering refugee after calling him rapist and terrorist

A man has been found guilty of murdering a Kurdish refugee after accusing him of being a rapist and terrorist.

Jeffery Barry, a paranoid schizophrenic, had been released from a secure psychiatric unit hours before he stabbed Kamil Ahmad to death in Bristol in July 2016.

The court heard that the sustained knife attack ended with Barry slicing off his victim’s penis.

The 56-year-old admitted killing Mr Ahmad only pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.

But after a two week trial at Bristol Crown Court, a jury concluded he deliberately targeted his 48-year-old neighbour and was of sound mind at the time of the incident.

The court heard Barry had been discharged from a private mental health hospital the day before he attacked Mr Ahmad, having been sectioned in June.

Psychiatrists had opposed Barry’s release but a mental health tribunal ruled that he should be discharged.

On the day he was freed, he spent more than four hours drinking in local bars before returning to his flat in Wells Road shortly before midnight.

Police said Barry had consumed at least a litre of rum by 2am, when he climbed the stairs to the second floor and knocked on Mr Ahmad’s door.

He murdered Iraq-born Mr Ahmad in a “savage and sustained” knife attack that included 25 wounds to his face and eyes.

In a recording played to the court, Barry was heard telling the police: “I just killed Kamil”.

“I need to be arrested, I’ve got injuries to myself as well,” he added in a level voice, before confirming his full name and postcode.

“I warned him, I warned the crisis team…they ignored me. He’s dead now.”

The jury heard that Barry had previously assaulted his neighbour and made racist remarks, telling police he believed he was a rapist, paedophile and terrorist in a phone call weeks before the murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Ocone, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: “Jeffery Barry may have a history of serious…

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