Couple's honeymoon of horror

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A couple who married after meeting in a mental hospital yesterday admitted kidnapping and attempting to murder a taxi driver and then abducting a six-year-old boy.

Douglas Byelong, 56, and his wife Julie, 26, were both given hospital orders by Mr Justice Mantell after Winchester Crown Court was told of their "honeymoon of horror". Mr Byelong will go to the high-security Broadmoor Hospital, in Berkshire.

The court was told that the couple married in Whittingham Hospital, near Preston, in May this year. Mr Byelong, who had been released into care in the community, took his wife away from the hospital in for a "honeymoon". It was five days before they were reported missing.

Armed with knives, the couple kidnapped Mark Slater, 29, a taxi driver, in Petersfield, Hampshire. They forced him to drive to Salisbury, Wiltshire, where they stabbed him, took his car and left him for dead.

They then drove back to Hampshire and killed a dog in Shipton Bellinger. In the same village they kidnapped the boy before being caught by police. Mr Byelong told police he had heard "voices in his head" telling him to find and kill the person he believed was responsible for keeping him in hospital.

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