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A man who claimed voices told him to kill a pregnant 21-year-old as she walked to work has been found guilty of murder.
Alan McMullan, 54, fatally stabbed Claire Wilson in the street as she walked to her job as a Pizza Hut waitress in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, on June 7 last year.
McMullan, who had received treatment from mental health services on a number of occasions in the year before the attack, admitted killing Miss Wilson but denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
The jury at Hull Crown Court returned a verdict of guilty on the murder charge after deliberating for an hour and 30 minutes.
The seven-day trial heard how Miss Wilson and her unborn baby daughter April both died after McMullan plunged a knife into her back in a street in Grimsby before walking "casually" away.
He told police officers who arrested him: "I've got voices in my head telling me to do it. I left the knife stuck in her."
The jury of six men and six women heard how McMullan had handed himself into police three times in the year before the attack, armed with a knife and claiming voices were telling him to harm or kill people.
He was admitted to hospital on each occasion, where he received treatment from mental health services before being released.
The court heard that McMullan had been examined by psychiatrists after the killing, but they disagreed about whether he was suffering from a psychotic illness at the time.
Lynn Tayton QC said the prosecution did not accept that the defendant was suffering from diminished responsibility when he killed Miss Wilson, who lived with her boyfriend in Grimsby and was six months pregnant.
The barrister said McMullan, who told psychiatrists he had been hearing voices for about a year at the time of the killing, was "angry" he had not been offered appropriate treatment by mental health services.