Schoolboy tells court he 'doesn't remember' attacking three others (2024)

A 16-year-old boy who is accused of attacking two fellow pupils and a teacher at a£41,000-per-year private school has told the jury he 'doesn't remember' the attack.

The school pupil was wearing just his boxers when he carried out the attack in June last year at Blundell's School in Tiverton, Devon.

Exeter Crown Court heard that the teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had armed himself with three claw hammers and waited for the two boys to fall asleep before allegedly attacking them.

Housemaster Henry Roffe-Silvester, who was asleep in his own quarters, was awoken by noises coming from the boarding house and went to investigate, where he was also attacked.

The two schoolboys survived but only after hours of life-saving surgery.

Blundell's private school, where a teenage boy allegedly tried to kill two boarding school students as they slept in the dorms before trying to kill a teacher

Police at the scene following the incident onJune 9 last year. The 16-year-old boy who is accused of attacking two fellow pupils and a teacher at a £41,000-per-year private school has told the jury he 'doesn't remember' the attack

The schoolboy accepts he carried out the attacks but says he is not guilty of attempted murder because he was sleepwalking.

Giving evidence today, he told jurors he remembers going to sleep on the evening in June last year.

Representing the boy, Kerim Fuad KC, asked him: 'What was the next thing you remember?'

The boy replied: 'I remember being in the room. The room was covered in blood. What I could see was blood. I didn't hear anything.

'I remember walking out to the corridor.'

Mr Fuad asked: 'Are you aware of having sleepwalked in the past?'

The boy replied 'I have', and told the court his mother found him at the bottom of a staircase at their home around 10 years ago.

Mr Fuad asked the boy what he could remember after the incident at Blundell's School, which happened shortly after 1am on June 9.

The jury has previously heard the two boys were asleep in cabin-style beds in one of the school's boarding houses when the defendant climbed up and attacked them shortly before 1am on June 9 last year

Exeter Crown Court heard that the teenager had armed himself with three claw hammers and waited for the two boys to be asleep before allegedly attacking them

The boy said: 'I knew something really bad had gone on and everyone was looking towards me.

'I didn't remember doing anything so the only rational thing I was thinking was that I was sleepwalking.'

The boy described himself as 'scared and anxious' after being arrested and taken to custody in a police car.

Asked why he replied 'no comment' to questions in police interviews, he said it was on the advice of his solicitor.

The boy told the court he kept two hammers by his bed 'for protection', with a screwdriver and a Swiss Army knife that he owned also in his room.

Mr Fuad asked: 'What did you need protection from?'

The boy replied: 'The zombie apocalypse.'

He told the jury he had seen depictions of zombies in films and TV series such as The Walking Dead.

Mr Fuad asked: 'Did you think the apocalypse was real?'

The boy said: 'Yes, I did.'

Mr Fuad asked: 'Do you think it is real now, today?'

The boy told the court he kept two hammers by his bed 'for protection', with a screwdriver and a Swiss Army knife that he owned also in his room. Kerim Fuad KC, representing the boy, asked: 'What did you need protection from?' The boy replied: 'The zombie apocalypse'

The trial is being heard at Exeter Crown Court (pictured). The defendant, now aged 17, denies three charges of attempted murder

The scene was cordoned off following the attack on June 9 last year

The boy replied: 'Yes, I do.'

Asked to explain what a zombie apocalypse was, the boy said: 'The end of the world.'

He told jurors he had spoken of his fears about zombies to friends but 'they might have perceived it as a joke'.

Mr Fuad asked: 'Why did you need protection from them?'

The boy replied: 'Zombies are vicious creatures.'

The court also heard that the boymade many searches about serial killers after watching the popular TV show Dexter. He said: 'I tried to find out more about it. My autism makes me more obsessive about certain topics, any topics I find interesting.

'I don't really feel anything about my autism, it has always been in me and

I never noticed it.'

And he also searched for information about the length of prison sentences

because 'I am just curious.'

Previously, the jury was told that the two boys were asleep in cabin-style beds in one of the school's boarding houses when the defendant climbed up and attacked them.

Both boys suffered skull fractures, as well as injuries to their ribs, spleen, a punctured lung and internal bleeding.

Mr Roffe-Silvester suffered six blows to his head.

The defendant, now aged 17, denies three charges of attempted murder.

The trial continues.

Schoolboy tells court he 'doesn't remember' attacking three others (2024)

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