Black Country musician's attacker was obsessed with serial killers

Stourbridge News: Stabbing victim Jack Turley - who was a drummer in Dudley punk band The Fight. Stabbing victim Jack Turley - who was a drummer in Dudley punk band The Fight.

A MAN "fascinated" by extreme violence and serial killings has been given an indeterminate jail sentence after savagely stabbing a popular Black Country musician and his friend.

Dudley cannabis dealer Sean Davies was found to have designs for "grotesque" weapons, information on bomb making and material on cannibalism after he used a kitchen knife to inflict horrific injuries on Faid Saleh and Jack Turley, who was in Dudley punk rock band The Fight.

Judge John Warner at Wolverhampton Crown Court ruled 20-year-old Davies was “a dangerous young man” and would have to spend a minimum of seven years behind bars and he stressed he would only be released when the authorities felt he was safe.

He said: "The material found in your home shows you have a very disturbing and extreme preoccupation that is more than immature ramblings.”

He said Davies made it clear in interviews after his arrest that if "someone wronged him" in the future he would not think twice about using a knife again and acting with "serious violence."

Davies was found to have information for manufacturing acid, nail, aerosol, microwave, petrol and bleach bombs when police officers searched his flat in Cromwell Street.

There was also material about making gunpowder, bullets and mustard gas together with detailed information concerning the setting off of remote controlled detonations.

Hugh O'Brien-Quinn, prosecuting, said: “There were also designs for a number of grotesque weapons, information of how to dispose of bodies after removing the limbs and how to avoid arrest.

"There was also a collection of cuttings dealing with serial killers and cannibalism.”

Mr O'Brien-Quinn said Mr Saleh went to the flat with Mr Turley and two other men after Davies refused to sell him any more cannabis because he had not cleared his drug debts.

Davies came out armed with the 7" knife and after being grabbed and punched by Mr Saleh he stabbed him three times in the chest and shoulder before plunging the weapon into Mr Turley's stomach.

Mr Turley, who toured extensively in the US, Japan, Canada and Europe with The Fight, suffered life threatening injuries and he would have died had he not arrived at hospital so quickly - Mr O'Brien-Quinn said.

He told the court Mr Saleh had to undergo two emergency operations and he was in hospital for two months.

He now had no sensation in his left arm, his vision was blurred and he had trouble with his co-ordination.

The two men would continue to have major problems for a considerable time with Mr Turley facing the prospect of another operation.

Davies denied two attempted murder charges and his pleas were accepted by the prosecution after he admitted two charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Christopher Hotten QC, defending, said Davies told police: "I do drugs. It's a dangerous business. I took the knife with me”. And he added that Mr Saleh had launched an unprovoked attack on him when he answered his door.

Mr Hotten said the victims had provoked the violence and Davies had "grossly over-reacted”.

He added: "It does not justify what he did but it explains it."

The Judge told Davies he would have to stay on licence for ten years after his release from prison as he posed a “significant risk of harm” and he had to pass a sentence that would protect the public.

Mr Turley said afterwards that he “doesn’t hold grudges” and he was glad the matter was over.

Currently on the road with pop rockers We Are The Ocean - the 26-year-old said: “I’m over it. I’m not as bad as Faid - he was stabbed three times and has got permanent damage.”

He said the injuries to his abdomen stopped him playing drums for a “very long time” but he added: “I’ve just got back into playing really and I’m looking for a new band to play with.”

Jack’s former outfit The Fight, fronted by his sister Kate, built up a strong fan base in Stourbridge before heading Stateside to perform on the Vans Warped Tour back in 2005.

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