|Hanwell Man Ran Amok After Killing His Father|
Leon Joseph detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act
A 37-year-old man from Hanwell has been sent to a secure mental health unit indefinitely after being found guilty of killing his father.
Leon Joseph was convicted of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility as well as a series on random assaults on members of the public at the end of a three week trial at Isleworth Crown Court.
Police were called to his flat on Elfwine Road at around 6pm on 20 July 2020 after neighbours reported shouting coming from the address.
Concerned for the welfare of the occupants, officers forced entry to the flat and found 60-year-old Glenroy Joseph, Leon Joseph’s father, dead from a series of knife wounds. A post-mortem examination found bone fractures and traumatic head and brain injuries as well as the stab injuries.
Leon Joseph had been captured on CCTV leaving the flat prior to police arrival and he discarded the clothes he was wearing in a neighbour’s wheelie bin. He continued to run for approximately one mile until he came to Glade Lane. A woman called 999 after finding him lying on the ground, and paramedics arrived shortly 7.30pm. He provided false details to paramedics and refused to answer questions about dried blood near to his eye. He was taken to hospital, but left A&E at approximately 9:15pm and over a period of about 15 minutes he carried out several attacks on random members of the public.
One was a bus driver just about to begin his shift. As he spoke on his mobile phone, Joseph struck him on the head, causing him to fall to the floor and drop his phone.
A second man, out exercising at the time, witnessed Joseph shouting at an unidentified woman. The man attempted to intervene and Joseph struck him on the back of the head, knocking the man to the floor.
The final victim was an elderly man who had just been praying at his mosque. Joseph approached him with a clenched fist and knocked him to the ground. The man was taken to hospital for treatment to a deep cut and bruising by his right eye.
An officer on patrol was flagged down by members of the public, near to where these assaults had taken place. Joseph ran off with the officer in pursuit. Joseph continued to run until he came to Southall Fire Station where he made his way onto the roof of the building and stayed there until the next morning. He was arrested at approximately 7am on Tuesday 21 July. As police cautioned him, Joseph continued to behave aggressively and made offensive comments to officers. Once in police custody, a mental health assessment of Joseph was carried out and he was declared fit to be questioned.
Detectives from the led the investigation.
“I would also like to thank the three members of the public who were assaulted, for their support of this investigation. This must have been a terrifying ordeal and I hope that they can being to put this period of their lives behind them."
July 16, 2021