A Royal Marines dropout who considered joining ISIS before brutally murdering a complete stranger ‘just for the sake of killing someone’ was today jailed for life.
Moses Christensen, 22, roamed the countryside hunting for people to murder after arming himself with combat knives on August 13 last year.
The twisted killer attacked 70-year-old Richard Hall at random as their paths crossed – plunging a serrated knife into his neck, face and neck.
He then phoned police to confess how he had carried out a ‘very savage, animalistic and brutal’ murder near the summit of Brown Clee Hill, in Shropshire.
A court heard how he told officers he was overcome with a ‘strong desire’ to kill the pensioner after previously plotting a killing spree.
Christensen, of Oldswinford, Stourbridge, West Midlands, denied murder but was found guilty last month following a trial at Stafford Crown Court.
Today he was jailed for life to serve a minimum of 28 years as well as 28 months to run concurrently for possession of a knife.
Passing sentence, Mr Justice Pepperall told Christensen he showed his victim ‘no mercy’ and called the attack ‘a brutal and entirely senseless killing of an innocent strange who had caused you no offence’.
Moses Christensen (left) roamed the countryside hunting for people to murder after arming himself with combat knives on August 13 last year. The twisted thug attacked Richard Hall (right) at random as their paths crossed – plunging a serrated knife into his neck, face and neck
The court heard Christensen became obsessed with playing violent video games like Grand Theft Auto and considered joining ISIS before carrying out the killing.
Jurors were also told how he had intended to go on a killing spree and had been plotting a massacre for several months.
He bought two deadly blades on the internet and had previously used one to kill sheep to eat whilst living rough in the countryside.
But his worried parents contacted police when he began talking about his desire to kill and also take revenge on his old school teachers and their children.
He also researched the Columbine High School massacre and psychotherapy online and experienced severe paranoia, psychosis and delusions.
The court was told by the time officers found Christensen he had carried out the murder after scouring the area looking for people to kill.
Christensen admitted: ‘I would like to point out first of all this murder wasn’t just an outburst of emotion. It wasn’t spontaneous, I had planned to kill people.’
Prosecuting, Adrian Keeling QC said: ‘The defendant said he wanted to kill someone and Mr Hall, a 70-year-old man walking on his own, was chosen as an easy target.
‘The attack was and I quote ‘very savage and animalistic and very brutal’ at the end of the attack he stabbed him one last time to just make sure he was dead.’
Christensen then phoned police to confess how he had carried out a ‘very savage, animalistic and brutal’ murder near the summit of Brown Clee Hill, in Shropshire
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Bellamy, from West Mercia Police, said afterwards: ‘I’m pleased that a significant sentence has been handed to Moses Christensen for the brutal murder of Richard Hall.
‘Christensen is a dangerous individual who will now serve a considerable sentence in prison where he cannot cause further harm to the wider public.
‘Richard Hall’s family have understandably been left shattered, Richard was simply taking a walk on Brown Clee Hill when he was tragically killed in a senseless attack and my thoughts and condolences remain with them.’
The family of Mr Hall, who lived in Perton, Staffs., previously released an emotional tribute to a ‘brilliant’ man as they branded his killer ‘pure evil’.
They said: ‘Richard was a brilliant man in every way, 70 years young, an amazing husband, father and grandad.
‘A man with so much to live for who’s life was so brutally and senselessly taken away by what can only be described as an act of pure evil, perpetrated by pure evil.
‘It beggars belief that this could happen to someone simply talking a walk on a summers evening in such a remote and beautiful location.
‘We as a family have been left shattered by these events and will never fully comprehend what has tragically taken place. No sentence imposed by any court could give us complete justice for Richard.
‘A truly wonderful man who was loved, admired and respected by so many people and his memory will never fade.’