‘One of the most dangerous men we have ever dealt with’

Benjamin Scott
Benjamin Scott

A PSYCHOPATHIC killer, who knifed a 44-year-old Sheffield man 120 times, was this week locked up indefinitely for the protection of the public.

Police described Benjamin Anthony Scott, aged 32, as “one of the most dangerous men” they had ever dealt with.

MURDERPR Murder victim Gary Beech

MURDERPR Murder victim Gary Beech

He killed Gary Beech in a frenzied attack in the early hours of June 24 last year, after drinking at Mr Beech’s flat in Batemoor Road, Batemoor.

Less than a month later, in Doncaster Prison awaiting trial, Scott fashioned a knife from a toothbrush and a razor blade, and slashed a fellow inmate’s neck.

Ordering Scott to serve at least 15 years, judge Mr Justice Openshaw said: “Many defendants serving such sentences are detained long after their tariffs have expired - some are never released.”

Sheffield Crown Court was told Scott has a ‘psychopathic personality disorder’ resulting in ‘impulsive acts of homicidal violence’.

Weighing 18 stones, he stabbed 5ft 2ins Mr Beech, who was a drinking acquaintance after meeting Scott only a few weeks earlier.

Mr Beech’s body was discovered the next day. He had been stabbed 120 times.

“He had 86 wounds to his head and face,” said Peter Moulson QC, prosecuting. “Many were made while he lay incapacitated on the floor.”

The next day Scott, with blood on his clothes, he met Amy Perrins, the mother of his children. “She told police he did not look normal,” said Mr Moulson. “His eyes were half closed, he looked half asleep, he had a smile on his face and he was ‘bouncing’.”

Scott told her he had attacked Mr Beech, adding: “It was like something out of a Saw film.”

Scott, of Batemoor Road, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of ‘abnormality of the mind’. He also admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent, theft, and assault.

Two forensic psychiatrists said Scott was suffering ‘dissocial personality disorder’.

One said he was a ‘highly dangerous individual, capable of homicidal violence’. Another said: “He is prone to highly impulsive behaviour, discharges violence very easily, and the violence he metes out is often unrestrained.”

The judge said Scott, a father-of-four, had not shown the slightest regret or remorse. “This was a horrific attack characterised by a background of an acute level of mental instability.”

Afterwards, Mr Beech’s daughter, Michaela Beech, described Scott as “a monster. He has shown no remorse for what he has done to my dad or family.”

Det Chief Insp Zaf Ali, who led the investigation, said: “It has been one of the most horrific murders we have ever had to deal with, due to the level of violence and the severity of the injuries.

“Scott is probably one of the most dangerous people we have ever dealt with. He has shown no regret or remorse. It is unlikely he will ever be released.”