A 19-YEAR-OLD Zimbabwean teenager slipped into a psychosis and believed that he was Barack Obama after being bitten on the cheek during a brawl at a McDonalds in Northampton, England.
Tatenda Kamasho, 19, was stabbed in the arm and then bitten on the cheek by 18-year-old Jordace Sinclair, of Northampton, during the 6AM attack while waiting for food on June 17.
The Northampton Crown Court heard that Kamasho – who is now sectioned under the Mental Health Act – may never recover from the blood infection which caused the psychosis.
Kamasho was treated at Northampton General Hospital for the stab wound, but the bite to his cheek became septic within days, causing the bacterial infection, facial cellulitis, which left him hallucinating with psychosis.
Mary Loram, prosecuting, said Kamasho’s condition deteriorated to such an extent, that he believed he was United States President Barrack Obama and could hear “six million people talking, with God-like delusions”.
Kamasho is still being treated at a psychiatric hospital and has yet to make a full recovery four months later.
Loram said Sinclair, of no fixed address, took exception to Kamasho talking, told him to be quiet and made threats to strangle him.
She said: “There was an exchange of punches. It then looked as if it was going to die down.”
But Sinclair pulled a knife from the back of his trousers and stabbed him with such force the knife snapped in two.
Loram said: “The two then fell over and the defendant then bit him to the cheek area and had to be pulled off by the staff” at the McDonalds in The Drapery.
On Thursday, Sinclair pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent, possession of a knife and theft and was jailed for five years.
Judge Richard Bray told Sinclair: “The bite to the cheek was a particularly unpleasant act.
“The injuries had disastrous consequences for him. He developed a serious infection, was in a coma for five days and the doctors describe them as life-threatening.
“The prognosis is uncertain. I appreciate you did not intend to cause injuries that serious.
“However, you have to take the consequences of what followed.”