A BRIT jailed for trying to assassinate Donald Trump has told how he lunged for a cop’s gun after voices in his head screamed: “Kill him!”
Michael Sandford, 21, was bundled out of a political rally in Las Vegas while suffering a psychotic episode.
He is now back home with his family in Dorking, Surrey, after being freed last week.
Mum Lynne was powerless to stop him travelling to the US despite his struggles with mental illness, and wants the law changed.
Michael got within 20ft of Trump at a Las Vegas rally but was overpowered when he attempted to grab a police officer’s gun.
Michael, now back home in Britain after his release from a US jail, said: “I was hearing voices telling me to kill Donald Trump.
“They’d been coming on for a while and getting stronger and more frequent. At one point they were screaming at me.
“My friends had said Trump needed to be stopped. They said he was going to destroy the country — but it was the voices in my head which were telling me to kill him.
“Then one day I saw he was speaking in Las Vegas and I decided to drive there and do something myself.”
He had left his home in Dorking, Surrey, a year earlier and flown to the US to be reunited with American girlfriend Lauren, who he had met in Britain.
Michael’s worried mum Lynne was powerless to stop him despite his mental health history, which included a spell sectioned under the Mental Health Act as well as anxiety, depression and anorexia.
Lynne, now campaigning for new laws to help the parents of mentally ill children protect them from themselves, said: “We tried valiantly to stop him going. We spoke to mental health services and police, who shared our concerns but we couldn’t do anything.” Read Full Story >>>
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