Man convicted of murdering Sophie Lancaster has sentence increased after attacking nurse

Brendan Harris has four months added to his life sentence following violent incident

Brendan Harris, one of the men jailed for life in 2008 following the murder of Sophie Lancaster, has had four months added to his sentence after he attacked a mental health nurse.

Harris, now 21, was convicted of Lancaster’s 2007 murder. At the time it was widely reported that Lancaster was murdered for being a goth. Harris and his accomplice Ryan Herbert repeatedly stamped and kicked the teenager in the head until she died. The incident with the nurse happened at a psychiatric hospital where Harris was transferred in 2012 after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

BBC News reports that Harris broke the male nurse’s nose with one punch after being told he could not return to his room at the Guild Lodge near Preston in January of this year. The court heard today (September 19) that Harris had been told he could not go back to his room at Guild Lodge because another patient was being restrained next door after a disturbance. This then led to Harris verbally abusing a member of staff and repeated threatening to kill him. As staff stepped in to restrain him, Harris struck the nurse with what was described in court as a “substantial” blow.


Judge Christopher Cornwall said he hopes the sentence will send a message to other prisonsers, “who may think they have very little to lose if they behave badly”.