Horror moment knifeman on skates ‘stabs passersby at random’ in broad daylight

Terrifying footage has shown how a knifeman skated through a town centre appearing to stab people at random in an afternoon rampage.

Benjamin Bridgeman, 38, is accused of stabbing three men with what was described as the “biggest kitchen knife”, Bristol Crown Court heard this week.

Footage released by Avon and Somerset Police shows how Bridgeman, who was born with one arm, boarded a bus with the huge blade clearly on show.

He steps into the vehicle, then changes his mind and makes his way towards the Broadwalk Shopping Centre in Bristol.

Several clips taken from CCTV around the area also show him skating around the Knowle region of the city and appearing to pick targets at random on February 25, reports Bristol Post.

One video shows him chasing after another person down the high street while separate clip sees him being knocked down by a van.

But he then gets up and appears to charge at other passersby.

The 10-minute video ends with police arriving at the scene and Tasering Bridgeman to the ground.

Members of the public had raised the alarm after the accused allegedly stabbed a man in the back before slashing another in the head on February 25.

Another person was then stabbed as he tried to intervene.

The defendant, of Eva Turner Close, is charged with three charges of attempted murder, three charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH), attempted wounding with intent and having an offensive weapon.

Two men, aged 26 and 50 were injured in the attack. A third man, 26, was left with a head injury and an emergency worker was also injured.

The court hearing was told yesterday that Bridgeman, who was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder aged 17, believed his family would be taken over by aliens or killed.

He had used cannabis and LSD to try to control his social anxiety, but stopped using cannabis a week before the incident as he thought “he was going to be taken away to be sacrificed”.

Bridgeman also believed “the world was split into good people and bad people in battle with each other”.

Richard Posner, prosecuting, told the court that the defendant was employed and of good character at the time of the incident but had suffered a psychotic breakdown.

The court is trying to establish his state of mind and a verdict of “not guilty by reason of insanity” is available.

Bridgeman has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The trial continues.

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