A man fixated with Batman’s arch-rival the Joker has been detained indefinitely after stabbing a stranger multiple times at a gym.
Dale Pipe, 21 was armed with 10 knives and an axe when he attacked Joshua Henley, 22, as he used a urinal.
After the assault Pipe posted the Joker’s catchphrase “Why so serious?” on Facebook according to the Daily Mail.
Pipe hid for an hour in the male changing rooms of Belle Vue Leisure Centre in Consett, County Durham, before stabbing Mr Henley in the back with a filleting knife.
The violent attack continued until staff at the centre were alerted by screams from the victim.
With the help of staff Mr Henley escaped and it was then that Pipe introduced himself as the Joker.
After he was arrested, Pipe tried to carve a Joker smile on to his own face and admitted he wanted to kill “as many people as possible”.
Prosecutor Jolyon Perks said: “When standing at the urinal [Mr Henley] was unaware that he was being stabbed until he could turn and face the attacker.
“He thought that the blows to his neck and back were hard punches. On realising he was being stabbed, he fought for his life in a way that the crown cannot do justice to.”
Knives and a stack of violent films were found when police raided Pipe’s home, the Daily Mail reports.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that the police also found a range of knives, an axe, syringes, steroids, duct tape and a balaclava In Pipe’s bag.
There was also a notebook in which there was written: “On the 16th I will kill someone.”
Pipe has pleaded guilty to attempted murder and possessing offensive weapons.
Mr Henley was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, where he underwent a six-hour surgical procedure for the 16 wounds he suffered.
Sentencing Pipe to an indefinite hospital order, Judge James Goss described him as a very dangerous young man and in need of long-term treatment.
Judge Goss said: “[Pipe] requires prolonged medical treatment, which for the foreseeable future, should be in conditions of high security.”
Speaking after the sentencing, Mr Henley said: “On January 28, 2013 my life changed significantly as a direct result of the actions of Dale Pipe.
“I have had to wait some time for the sentencing hearing and I am relieved that the judge has seen fit to impose a sentence that will ensure Dale Pipe will not be a risk to anyone else in the future.”