Luke William Woods of Sydney, Australia has been convicted of attempted murder, after he tried to stab taxi driver Neal Kent to death on Dec. 30, 2013.
On the night of the event, after spending the day drinking beers and watching serial killer slash films, Woods decided to go on a murder rampage of his own. Using a 30cm kitchen knife he kept under his pillow and named “Stanley”, Woods jumped into the back of Kent’s taxi, and directed the 71-year-old to a quiet residential car park in Sydney’s Surry Hills.
Woods asked how much he owed, and instead of letting Kent answer, Woods proceeded to stab him in his neck, shoulder, head, and hands, for a total of 13 times. Kent was hospitalized for 17 days, where it was assessed by a doctor that eight out of the 13 wounds were potentially fatal. Woods threw the knife in the bin after fleeing the scene, went to a convenience store to buy milk, and then headed home.
When asked why he had stabbed Kent, Woods testified that on the night of the incident, he drank 12 beers and watched six horror films, including: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Friday the 13th 1, 4 and 5, and Wrong Turn 4. He claimed the violent movies made him feel “like murdering someone”.
Woods was under public guardianship at the time of the incident, which means he was under guardianship of an official appointed by the Supreme Court of Australia. A psychiatric assessment found Woods, was abused as a child, may have committed the crime in an attempt to be sent to an institution, where he could receive the help he needed.
Woods has pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and will be assessed by state disability services before returning to court for sentencing in September.
Kristen Ashly is an editor and contributor for iHorror. You can follow Kristen on Twitter @KristenAshly.