Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rampage on Spice; COURT TOLD THAT MAN'S AGGRESSION AND STRENGTH WAS UNMANAGEABLE

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rampage on Spice; COURT TOLD THAT MAN'S AGGRESSION AND STRENGTH WAS UNMANAGEABLE

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Byline: IAN JOHNSON ian.johnson01@trinitymirror.com @Ian_JohnsonGaz

AN ex-public school rugby player spent eight days in a coma after a spliff turned out to be spice.

The substance turned John Homer, 29, into a man possessed, with half of Stockton's on-duty police officers needed to restrain him.

12st Homer manhandled a 6ft 4 officer during a rampage inside The University Hospital of North Tees, in which he battered three police officers.

Sparing sobbing Homer jail, a judge warned that "terrible" spice has caused prisoners to castrate themselves - and even gouge their own eyeballs out.

Speaking to The Gazette, Homer said: "I've never had a reaction like that in my life. The strength I had that night was frightening."

He was induced into a coma at the end of what had been an otherwise "unremarkable" night at his local.

He snorted cocaine and smoked a pre-rolled joint thinking it was cannabis. But on arriving at his Ingleby Barwick home at 10pm, his behaviour frightened his parents into calling 999.

"I just remember coming to the doorstep and thinking my dad didn't look like himself," recalled Homer.

The court heard police found him talking to himself in the foetal position, and Homer added: "I was just trying to dig the garden up with my hands to try and escape from them. I remember feeling out of control and frightened."

But as he was helped into a police van, he went berserk. He kicked one police officer's legs and tackling another with one left bloodied.

During the drive to the hospital he had up to five episodes of "explosive" behaviour.

He was placed in a wheelchair after calming, but soon began "growling and screaming" as he placed a female officer in a headlock. With the help of six officers and NHS staff, he was restrained with hand and leg cuffs. …

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