A knifeman who carried out a series of random stabbing attacks on five victims in a “reign of terror” must remain detained in a high-security psychiatric hospital, a judge has ruled.

Jason Kakaire, 31, stabbed four men and a woman in Edmonton, over three days in spring last year.

Four of his victims suffered life-threatening injuries, and one was left paralysed after being knifed in the back with such ferocity that the handle snapped and the blade was embedded in her.

The stabbings, in March and April last year, were all carried out near Kakaire’s home in Cameron Close, Edmonton.

Kakaire, who had been held in Broadmoor Hospital, denied five counts of attempted murder.

But on the first day of his Old Bailey trial, the prosecution accepted his guilty pleas to five alternative charges of wounding with intent and five charges of having a blade in public.

At a sentencing hearing at the same court on Friday, Judge Anne Molyneux ordered Kakaire to remain detained at Broadmoor under a hospital order, with restrictions, to “protect the public from serious harm”.

She said Kakaire had carried out a “reign of terror” that had caused “immeasurable” harm to his victims.

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Fairfield Road in Edmonton, where one of the victims was stabbed. Photo: Google

Detailing the stabbings, the judge described them as “five unprovoked attacks on lone people”.

“This was a reign of terror causing devastation to many lives. Four of your victims suffered life-threatening and life-changing injuries,” she said.

“Their lives and their families have been traumatised. The harm you have caused is in the highest category and is immeasurable.”

The judge added: “You walked the streets and targeted vulnerable victims. You stalked them and chose your moment before you stabbed them from behind and then ran away.”

“You knew what you were doing was wrong,” she added, highlighting that Kakaire had two previous convictions for carrying a knife.

The court previously heard how a mother of two going through breast cancer treatment will never be able to walk again after being attacked by Kakaire as she went for an evening walk near her home on March 30 last year.

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Ayfer Bektas, from Edmonton, suffered substantial injuries including a severed spinal cord, and said she struggles to leave the house and cannot sleep.

“I am too fearful to venture outside unless I absolutely have to. I have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety,” she said in a victim impact statement.

She added: “My life has in one moment been turned upside down.”

Suleyman Karayapi was stabbed as he left his home at 5am on April 2 to buy his son some medication.

The court previously heard how he kept reliving the incident in his mind and had to be cared for by his heavily pregnant wife.

“I am now living in fear. When I’m walking outside and someone walks past me, I feel frightened,” he said.

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Jason Kakaire was sentenced at The Old Bailey. Photo: Google

Kakaire’s life had been “overshadowed by mental illness” since his teenage years and he had been “plagued” by “paranoid ideas and auditory hallucinations”, the judge told the court.

She said four doctors had concluded that Kakaire had “chronic, treatment-resistant paranoid schizophrenia”, and he had been hearing “threatening voices” that told him he would be harmed.

“You believed you had been ordered to carry out the attack,” the judge said.

A pre-sentence report noted Kakaire was “clearly unwell” and that his offending was “directly attributable to his mental illness”, the court was told.

Judge Molyneux said: “The court has no doubt that you are a dangerous offender.

“The court has no doubt that your sentence must protect the public from any further offending and must be one which ensures you remain detained unless and until it is considered safe for you to be released.”

She added: “The court concludes that a hospital order with a restriction order is necessary to protect the public from serious harm.”