An untreated paranoid schizophrenic with extensive religious delusions has been jailed indefinitely for the March 14, 2007 murder of a 59-year old vicar in Wailes. Geraint Evans had been living in his mother's flat overlooking the vicarage and had made elaborate plans to murder Father Paul Bennett as part of an elaborate delusion in which the vicar was God. He made elaborate notes on Father Bennet's movements and recorded his observations and speculations on a series of CDs. On the day of the murder, Evans stabbed Father Evans to death and scattered the CDs at the scene of the murder while the vicar's wife looked on in horror. He then walked to a nearby grave to await arrest.
In a court-ordered psychiatric assessment, it was determined that the 24-year old Evans had a longstanding history of substance abuse (including inhaling lighter fluid) and was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and a personality disorder. He reported delusions of being God, Jesus and the Antichrist and would save the world from nuclear Armageddon. He had apparently developed animosity towards Father Bennett whom he had accused of attempting to have him sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Despite a previous suicide attempt, he had never received psychiatric care prior to the killing.
Judge Nicholas Cooke QC ordered him to be detained indefinitely and said it was difficult to conceive when it would be safe for him to be released.
After the case at Cardiff Crown Court, the priest's family accused the authorities of failing him and demanded an inquiry into the killing. One said: "Someone must have known how disturbed this man was and could have intervened. Where were the mental health services?"