Man jailed for murdering 'defenceless' victim and biting woman
A 22-year-old man has been jailed for life for stabbing a "defenceless" man to death in his sleep before biting the victim's girlfriend on the cheek and then going on to "molest" a teenage girl in her bed less than an hour later.
Ben Harvey, of Little London, near Andover, Hampshire, will serve a minimum of 28 years after he was convicted of the murder of 26-year-old William Rudiak, assault causing actual bodily harm against Alexandra Taylor and the third charge of trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence.
The trial at Winchester Crown Court was told that Harvey entered the home of Ms Taylor in Andover in the early hours of June 11 last year where he stabbed her boyfriend, Mr Rudiak, a garage manager, while he slept in bed before biting her on the cheek, waking her up.
He then drove to a nearby village and gained access to a cottage where he attempted to remove the pyjama shorts of a teenage girl as she slept in her bed.
June Hyland, prosecuting, said: "He certainly set out with an intention to attack someone if not kill them," and added that there was evidence that he intended to rape the girl in the second incident.
The defendant admitted during the trial that he "must be responsible" for the attacks but said he had no memory of the incidents.
The former Royal Mail worker claimed to have drunk beer and smoked cannabis before taking a "fake drug" which he thought had been cocaine but which caused him to experience different effects that he was not used to.
His father, Raymond Harvey, contacted police after his son told him he thought he might have killed someone but had thought it was a dream.
Adam Feest QC, defending, said: "Mr Harvey has accepted from the outset he was responsible for these awful circumstances. His difficulty has been that he has not been able to remember all the details."
Sentencing Harvey, the judge, Mr Justice Pepperall, said the deceased was unknown to the defendant and added: "This was an entirely unprovoked murder." He told the jury that they had convicted Harvey on "overwhelming evidence".
Mr Rudiak's father, Martyn Rudiak, a dentist, said in a statement read to court: "William was an ambitious, adventurous, thrill-seeking young man."
He added: "We feel so distraught we couldn't do anything to help William. We have been robbed of a wonderful son and brother."
Ms Taylor told the court that she suffered "deep depression" and night terrors since her partner's death and said: "I am unable to smile since William's death. I light a candle in his memory but the light doesn't come close to his smile and warmth."
The teenage girl addressed the defendant in court and said: "You attacked me and I thought you were going to rape me, you ran off leaving me to face the consequences, one of which was not feeling safe in my own home."