If you walk around the mall and you look like Santa Claus, you might have to put up with a few kids running up to you and telling you what they want for Christmas. That’s just a mild inconvenience though.
Things change when you look like Santa inside prison. 80-year-old John Coxall was choked to death by a 25-year-old man named David Gomersall.
David allegedly put the Santa-looking man inside a headlock before grabbing a sheet and choking him to death with it. This taking place just a few weeks before Christmas on December 3.
During an interview with police, David said…
“I grabbed him in a headlock. I had a piece of bed sheet wrapped around my hand. I kind of choked him with the bedding sheet thing. He looked like Santa. The voices kept telling me to kill him.”
And that last line is important. According to the report, he had a meeting scheduled with a mental health nurse the day of the killing. He didn’t attend the meeting though.
To make things worse, Coxall was in jail for simply breaching a restraining order over an ongoing dispute with a neighbor. So basically, he was in prison for being a typical grumpy old man. And now he’s dead.
The Metro UK reports…
“The jury was told that the issue was not whether the defendant carried out the killing, or his intention but what his mental state was at the time. The trial continues”
Source: METRO UK