'I've done three or four. I've had the best night of my life': Paranoid schizophrenic raped three women in less than an hour near train station after voices told him to 'get everyone'

  • Thomas Hall raped three women and sexually assaulted a fourth
  • Court hears he had heard voices in his head telling him to 'get everyone'
  • He was heard bragging to a friend on the phone after attacks
  • He will now be detained indefinitely at a maximum security hospital

By James Rush

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A paranoid schizophrenic has been detained indefinitely at a maximum security hospital after he raped three women in less than an hour during a series of violent attacks.

Serial rapist Thomas Hall, 33, attacked four sex workers after prowling around Piccadilly train station, in Manchester.

Hall, who raped three of the women and sexually assaulted the other, is said to have bragged to a friend on the phone 'I've done three or four now. I've had the best night of my life' after attacking his last victim.

Thomas Hall prowled around Piccadilly train station, in Manchester, before attacking four women

Thomas Hall prowled around Piccadilly train station, in Manchester, before attacking four women

At the time of the attacks Hall, who has been a paranoid schizophrenic since he was a teenager, was on police bail for raping another woman a month earlier

At the time of the attacks Hall, who has been a paranoid schizophrenic since he was a teenager, was on police bail for raping another woman a month earlier

Manchester Crown Court heard how Hall had heard voices in his head telling him to 'get everyone'.

Two of the women ran half-naked down the street and flagged down passing motorists to raise the alarm following the attacks, the court was told.

At the time of the attacks Hall, who has been a paranoid schizophrenic since he was a teenager, was on police bail for raping another woman a month earlier.

 

He will now be detained indefinitely at maximum security Ashworth Hospital under the mental health act.

He cannot be released without the agreement of doctors and a mental health tribunal.

Judge Richard Mansell QC said: 'You are a very dangerous man. Ordinarily you would receive a lengthy custodial sentence running well into double figures.

Manchester Crown Court (pictured) heard how Hall had heard voices in his head telling him to 'get everyone'

Manchester Crown Court (pictured) heard how Hall had heard voices in his head telling him to 'get everyone'

'These offences demonstrate serious violence and sexual violence. You pose a risk not just to women, but people generally.

'It is impossible to know how long that risk will remain.'

Henry Blackshaw, prosecuting, said Hall, formerly of Audenshaw, Tameside, went out on the evening of Tuesday, March 5, after receiving his benefits payments.

'These offences demonstrate serious violence and sexual violence. You pose a risk not just to women, but people generally' 

- Judge Richard Mansell QC

He was spotted at the offices of the Manchester Action for Street Health charity making derogatory comments about prostitutes.

At about 8.30pm he asked his first victim, who was in her 20s, if she was working before going with her to a nearby industrial estate.

He then grabbed her by the throat, put his hand over her mouth and sexually assaulted her.

He punched her in the face as she fled after she had refused 'compensation'.

He dragged his second victim to a wooded area where he raped her. The woman was said to be so terrified, she said she thought she was going to die.

After breaking free the woman ran into the street where a university lecturer let her take refuge in his car.

Hall's third victim, a sex worker in her 30s, told him she was pregnant to make him stop as he raped her in a field.

She alerted a passing driver after she had managed to escape.

Hall raped his last victim at about 9.30pm after taking a sex worker to an alleyway. She heard him bragging to a friend on the phone afterwards.

He was arrested after police stopped a bus which was making its way out of the city centre.

He is said to have told officers 'how can it be rape if you've paid out?'.

Hall, who also suffers from personality disorders, pleaded guilty to four counts of rape, one sexual assault and assault causing actual bodily harm at an earlier hearing.

Adrian Farrow, defending, said Hall had had a very troubling experience in childhood which led to him having flashbacks.

He said: 'Before these offences he admitted himself to hospital complaining that he was hearing voices and told them they had a responsibility to protect him from others, showing a degree of insight.'

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I find the healthcare system in this country a joke and it's all in relation to human rights. A member of my family is a paranoid schizophrenic who wanders around at her own free will doing what she likes. While I appreciate that she may not be an immediate danger to anyone, there are moments when I would question the things that she says, when referring to the 'voices in her head' telling her to do things. The system allows persons such as her to live unrestricted lives as it is against their human rights to do otherwise. I am not saying that they should be locked up but I honestly believe that such individuals are not of the right enough mind to live fully unsupervised lives, particularly when taking into account the arbitrary and unpredictable nature of their minds. Trouble waiting to happen.

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Where are the wonderful campaign charities like time to change, why are they not fighting the shocking discrimination on the behalf of the many innocent mentally ill . who have to endure such disgusting articles like this...They are nowhere to been seen ,because they all are part of this disgusting media scam,..Educate the people, because they pig ignorant on the real truth of those poor souls who are innocent of breaking any laws but never less are saddled with a living death label like schizophrenia....

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At the time of the attacks Hall, who has been a paranoid schizophrenic since he was a teenager, was on police bail for raping another woman a month earlier.################################### This country is a joke our justice system is disgusting why are they letting those arrested for violent depraved acts out on bail ? It needs to stop. Our justice systems is being used to enrich law firms, judges and not to protect innocent decent people and communities.

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Evil is evil, folks. Dress it up how you like. Call it "mental illness", that doesn't make you more cultured or civil. It makes you blind. It's still evil. - mrrs, Omaha USA.............You I'm afraid are ignorant. Schizophrenia is (IMO) the cruelest of all mental diseases. It usually attacks a person in early adolescence & completely destroys their lives. My BIL went from an engineering student to a man who hears voices constantly & can not be independent. No this man should not have been on the street, but to say he is "evil" & not mentally ill is just pure ignorance on your part.

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Would like a picture of the the guy just in case he's freed and back on the streets again in a few year for good behavior or some dim-wit thinks he's no harm to the public.

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This is terrible, thank goodness he hadn't started killing women but these victims are some of the most vulnerable women in society and I hope they manage to recover from the shock, and not become debilitated by what happened to them. He didn't know what he was doing, but that makes him no less dangerous. Hopefully he was apprehended because his friend alerted authorities to the phone call he got, he certainly helped give evidence and get this man caught. My love to those ladies, seems life hasn't ever been kind to them, and I hope it is now.

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So the only way to get admission to a mental hospital for care is to commit a serious crime. What a great country `great Britain `is.

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This article confirms what i wrote about the closure of all mental hospitals in the previous report on that old derelict mental hospital.Another long term sick schizophrenic wandering about with no hospital to care for him.

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why did the hospital not take notice when he was telling them about his voices? the mental health system in this country is a disgrace. so many of these cases relating to severe mental illness end up the same way. people are ending up dead or harmed by very ill people with schizophrenia who have been ignored by the nhs. these sick people need to be in hospital where their condition can be watched and treated. so many crimes would be prevented if the mental health system was fully funded and able to treat this horrible illness properly. schizophrenia is no joke for those who suffer from it or the victims of their crimes. the average schizophrenic will have voices all the time, voices that people are out to kill them, voices that they are god, voices that they must do things to harm people etc. well people have this idea that schizophrenics are evil, which is not always right. criminal behaviour by anyone needs to be punished, but education on this horrible illness needs to be improved.

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