Masked thug who scalped ex-girlfriend’s mum with meat cleaver on Halloween says: ‘She had it dealt’


A MASKED thug who scalped his ex-girlfriend’s mum on Halloween despatched her daughter a chilling textual content saying: “Trick or deal with, scent the blood”.

Luke Mackrory left gran Nicola Murnane, 51, needing nearly 50 head staples after the ugly assault with a meat cleaver as a result of she “had it dealt”.

 Nicki Murnane was scalped by her daughter's drug-fuelled ex


Nicki Murnane was scalped by her daughter’s drug-fuelled exCredit score: Triangle Information
 Luke Mackrory has been jailed for the brutal attack


Luke Mackrory has been jailed for the brutal assaultCredit score: INS Information

The 27-year-old had textual content his ex Victoria, saying: “Trick or deal with, scent the blood. Tastes good, proper? Hahaha. Nonetheless out right here. Considering of ­ending you off. Hee Hee.”

Mackrory was yesterday caged for 14 years with 4 years on licence after being discovered responsible of inflicting grievous bodily hurt with intent, possession of a bladed article and threatening with a bladed article.

He was cleared of tried homicide at Studying Crown Courtroom.

Jurors heard how on Halloween final 12 months, Mackory headed to Nicola’s house in Studying after creating an “obsessive delusion” along with her throughout a long-running feud.


The monster – fuelled by crack cocaine and booze – pounced on the grandmother as she walked with a neighbour and slashed furiously at her.

Horrified neighbours thought her screams had been simply kids trick or treating – with Nicola frantically holding up her arms to guard herself from his blows.

Mackrory fled on a bicycle and later recorded a haunting video saying “she needed to get handled”.

In an emotional sufferer affect assertion, Nicola mentioned she felt she had been “attacked by certainly one of her kids”.

She nonetheless has hassle sleeping and feels “emotional, paranoid and anxious” following the brutal assault final 12 months.


Nicola has additionally been identified with signs of PTSD and suffered “life-altering accidents”.

The court docket was informed childhood buddies Mackrory and ex-girlfriend Victoria had began a relationship once they had been 17.

He lived with the household the place Nicola “beloved him like a son” however was requested to depart when he continued to spiral into drug abuse.

The fiend then concocted his evil plan to launch right into a “vicious” assault on Nicola.


Sentencing him, Decide Paul Dugdale mentioned: “You struck the entrance of her head and brought on a extreme damage. Her scalp was cleaved and the again of her head hung down revealing the flesh.

“I discover that you just had been wholly reckless – you didn’t intend to kill her however you meant to trigger hurt. However I don’t suppose you’ll have minded in the event you killed her.

“After the assault, you despatched an extremely callous textual content to your ex-girlfriend Victoria Murnane-Bell saying that you just had chopped up her mom and that you just had been interested by going to the hospital to ‘end her off’- that textual content brought on extraordinary hurt and had a ripple impact on the household.

“I watched a video of your interview after the incident, it was chilly and callous. There was no remorse or regret by you in any respect. That textual content and that video causes the court docket very actual fear.

“I discover that you just pose a major degree of danger and the danger might lengthen to others.

“This assault had a severe ongoing impact for her household and associates.”

 Nicki was left needing 50 head staples


Nicki was left needing 50 head staplesCredit score: Triangle Information
 She is still suffering flashbacks


She remains to be struggling flashbacksCredit score: Triangle Information
 Nicki was attacked in Halloween


Nicki was attacked in HalloweenCredit score: Triangle Information
 Mackrory sent his ex chilling texts in the grisly aftermath


Mackrory despatched his ex chilling texts within the grisly aftermathCredit score: INS Information

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