Man obsessed with 'Game of Thrones' stabs neighbor to death with ceremonial sword over drug money

The Liverpool Crown Court heard that 26-year-old Douglas Plumpton stabbed Iain Maddocks on his 32nd birthday with the Saxon-style sword


                            Man obsessed with 'Game of Thrones' stabs neighbor to death with ceremonial sword over drug money

A writer who is obsessed with Game of Thrones has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his neighbor using a ceremonial sword that he kept at his home to "inspire" his own fantasy novel. The Liverpool Crown Court heard that 26-year-old Douglas Plumpton stabbed Iain Maddocks on his 32nd birthday with the Saxon-style sword. Plumpton, who is from Whetstone, Birkenhead, dialed 999 while his victim was bleeding out on the floor in his apartment. He told the operator: "If he dies, it's his own fault."

The Liverpool Echo reported that Plumpton tried to cover up his tracks by claiming Maddocks had attacked him. He was convicted of murder after a trial that lasted nine days. Plumpton is a left-wing activist dubbed "Rasta Jack". The man stabbed Maddocks on his 32nd birthday on March 30.

Douglas Plumpton (Source: Merseyside Police)
Douglas Plumpton (Source: Merseyside Police)

Plumpton then claimed that Maddocks had taken out a kitchen knife so that's why he grabbed the sword. The ceremonial sword is one of two that he owned which served as inspiration for his novel. During the trial, the jury heard of how the victim bled to death on Plumpton's apartment floor after sustaining a number of stab and slash wounds. This included an injury to his femoral artery on the thigh.

Judge Alan Conrad QC said that Plumpton was a low-level drug dealer who would supply illegal narcotics to people he knew, including Maddocks. Plumpton, however, had damaged Maddocks' car headlight in a fight over an outstanding drug debt of £140. This allegedly made the victim angry.



 

The judge said: "When Mr. Maddocks came to your door, believing you were responsible for damaging his car, you armed yourself. Iain Maddocks' untimely death, in the horrific circumstances in which it took place, has caused misery and pain to those close to him."

"He had done nothing to deserve the brutal armed violence that you used and which ended his life. I am satisfied so as to be sure that you used two weapons — sword and knife — in your attack upon Mr. Maddocks. You adopted a selfish lifestyle, supplying drugs to people known to you including Mr. Maddocks, whose debt was the real cause of your annoyance."

The ceremonial sword that was used to stab Maddocks (Source: Merseyside Police)
The ceremonial sword that was used to stab Maddocks (Source: Merseyside Police)

In her personal victim impact statement that was read out in court, Maddocks' mother, Linda, said that the death of her son was "the worst day of my life".

She added: "When my eldest son told me Iain had been stabbed, I went hysterical. I was on the floor screaming when I found out. My life has been devastated. I'm angry we had to be put through this trial when we could have been spared this heartache. This is something you never get over as a mum. I just wish I could change places with him."

She also said that the death of her son was even more tragic because it happened on his 32nd birthday. She added: "Easter Day 1986 was a very special day when he was born. My life changed dramatically on the day Iain was taken from us. It was so unreal, like having some nightmare. There were 100 people at his funeral. His friends have been amazing."

Plumpton did not show any emotions when he was led from the dock after he was given a sentence of life behind bars with a minimum of 19 years.