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IAN KAY

 


Name:

Ian Kay

AKA:

Woolworths Killer

D.O.B.

1967
Kill Total: 1

Kill date:

November 1994

Kill Place:

Teddington, London

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Victim:

John Penfold
D.O.B.  

 


 

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FACTFILE

Kay was sentenced, in 1995, for a minimum term of 22 years imprisonment for the murder of John Penfold aged 21, a Woolworth's shop assistant.

Kay stabbed him to death in Teddington, Middlesex, in November 1994. Kay was on leave from prison, almost eight years after nearly killing another shop worker in a similar attack, when he killed Penfold, whom he described as a "Have a go hero who got what he deserved".  Kay had stabbed Mr Penfold through the heart with a kitchen knife before grabbing two 50p coins from the till which he dropped as he ran to a nearby car.

 

Kay was sentenced to be detained in a secure mental hospital indefinitely. The recommended minimum term given at his trial would keep him behind bars until at least 2017 and the age of 50.


10th March 1997 Kay attacked Peter Sutcliffe, he was stabbed in both eyes in a fight at the Broadmoor Hospital. It is believed that Sutcliffe was in his room in Henley Ward when he was attacked. Ian Kay stabbed The Ripper with a fibre-tipped pen, the type used in drawing classes at the hospital.

 

28th January 1998, Kay admitted to stabbing Sutcliffe, adding attempted murder to his long list of convictions. In no uncertain terms, Kay told the court he had meant to attack The Yorkshire Ripper with a razor embedded in a toothbrush handle. "I was going to ... walk into the room and cut his jugular vein on both sides and wait there until he was dead. Killing has always been in my mind, ever since I've been here (at Broadmoor). In hindsight I should have straddled him and strangled him with my bare hands... He said God told him to kill 13 women, and I say the devil told me to kill him because of that".

 

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