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An alleged attacker accused of stabbing a hospital worker told police he was ordered to kill him telepathically as part of an SAS targeting program, a court heard.
George Joseph, 56, was stabbed in the neck by a hospital intruder, but managed to defend himself from his attacker and stumbled upon a room where he was able to receive emergency treatment, Lewes Crown Court was told.
Joseph thought he had been killed by the sole knife during the attack, which took place at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton around 8.40am. on July 19 of last year, a jury heard.
Connolly Mellon, 30, appeared in court charged with attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon. He denies both charges.
The court heard that Mellon had told police that he had been on a SAS mission and that he was involved in a “screening process” and did what he was “told to do.”
Rowan Jenkins, prosecutor, said: “He said that the SAS had ordered him to kill that man who was speaking to him telepathically at the time.”
Connolly Mellon, 30, appeared in court charged with attempted murder
Mellon, who had been living with her father, Frank, a mental health nurse, had been taking medication for mental health problems, the court heard.
Earlier that morning, the court was told that he had been involved in a fight with his father after demanding more medications that his father told her he did not have.
He left his house and went to the hospital and managed to reach the 11th floor, the gynecology and orthopedic rooms, a restricted access area, the court heard.
The jury was told that he was dressed in a khaki jacket and that he was carrying a canvas backpack and a folding knife with a four-inch blade.
Mr Jenkins said: “The hospital was quite busy with staff taking care of patients. Mr. Mellon found his way to the 11th floor, gynecology and orthopedics. Access must be restricted to both rooms.
The jury heard that Mr. George was taking orders from patients. He first met Mellon in a hallway and asked him where the hospital helipad was.
Jurors heard Mr Mellon stabbed George Joseph, pictured, several times on July 19 last year
Since he did not appear to be dressed professionally, he asked for identification and was shown Mellon’s driver’s license, the court heard.
Jenkins said Mellon walked away down the hall and approached another staff member.
“I was asking you how I could get to the helipad,” he said. “When she asked him who he was, he claimed that he was part of the security.”
He walked away again and ran into George, where he launched the knife attack, stabbing him multiple times, including one in the neck, it is alleged.
After the attack, Mellon escaped on foot but was tracked down by CCTV and was confronted by police officers and arrested, jurors heard.
Jenkins said Mellon later told police that he had been on a SAS mission.
He said: ‘He would go on to tell them that he was working for the SAS and that he had been involved in a selection process and that he went and did what he was told to do.
He said that the SAS who were speaking to him telepathically had ordered him to kill that man at that time.
The court heard that Mellon had been under the treatment of psychiatrist Dr. Roderick Lay.
The prosecutor told the jury that the facts of the case were not discussed, but that Mellon’s state of mind and his intentions that morning were what they would have to decide.
The case continues.