A former law student who dropped out of college through drugs and murdered a stranger with a brick has been told he’ll serve at least 14 years in jail.
27 year old Malachi Lindo, from Bowles Green, Enfield was given the minimum recommendation as part of his life sentence for murdering 51-year-old Phillip Steels.
In September last year Mr Steels was walking along Green Street, Enfield, when he became involved in an altercation with Lindo.
They were unknown to each other.
In the ensuing fight Lindo repeatedly attacked him with a house brick causing horrific and fatal injuries to his face.
Lindo was found acting erratically and babbling at the scene.
He admitted taking a cocktail of drugs, including cannabis, cocaine and MDMA.
He spat at officers and then asked if he could go home saying: ‘I promise I won’t kill again.’
Judge Paul Worsley QC observed that this time last year Lindo had been shadowing a judge at the Old Bailey on legal work experience and had been the first member of his family to go to university.
He told him:
It was a brutal attack… you attacked a complete stranger in the street and literally smashed his head in. It was an unprovoked and tragic killing.
It is argued and agreed by psychiatrists that you were suffering at the time a drug-induced psychosis.
Acting Detective Sergeant Mike Stubbins, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command said:
This was a horrendous attack on an innocent member of the public, brought about by a complicated and confused individual being high on a cocktail of drugs on the evening of the 3 September 2014.
Lindo had been taking numerous drugs. He has stated that his mind started playing games and he felt he was in a parallel dimension.
This is a tragic case where an innocent member of the public has felt the wrath of a young man whose life had been unraveling and who had turned to experimenting with illegal substances.
Unfortunately he has let out his frustration on the first person he has seen leading to the death of Philip Steels.
The investigating team worked tirelessly to bring this defendant to justice and to try and bring some form of relief to the family of Mr Steels. I only hope that over time the horrible facts of Mr Steels death fade in the minds of his family and friends and this result is able to bring an element of closure to this tragic incident.