UK road runner Swede jailed over stabbing

A Swedish woman has been jailed for five years by a UK court for the manslaughter of a man she met shortly after she and her twin sister made a dash into oncoming traffic on the M6 motorway.

Sabina Eriksson, 41, a Swedish national residing in County Cork, Ireland, had admitted the killing of Glenn Hollinshead in Stoke-on-Trent in central England on May 20th 2008 in a previous hearing, claiming diminished responsibility, the BBC reports.

The Luton Crown Court heard that Eriksson suffered from a rare psychiatric disorder before passing sentence.

Eriksson leapt to internet infamy when shocking images were released in September 2008 depicting Eriksson, and her twin sister Ursula, walking along the central reservation of the M6 motorway near Keele services, in Staffordshire, on May 17th 2008.

The duo then take a sudden plunge into oncoming traffic where Sabina is hit by a car. Ursula is later hit by truck after making a second dash onto the motorway and spent the following seven weeks in hospital recovering from her injuries.

Sabina Eriksson punched a police officer in the melee and it eventually took six officers to restrain her.

She spent the following day in custody and appeared in front of Fenton Magistrates’ Court charged with assaulting a police officer on May 29th, the same day that she was to cross paths with the unfortunate Glenn Hollinshead.

Hollinshead met Sabina Eriksson while she was walking home from a pub in Stoke-on-Trent. He took pity on her and invited her to stay at his home, the BBC reports.

The next morning she stabbed him four times, killing him.

The mentally disturbed woman was later seen by witnesses banging herself on the head with a hammer before jumping 12 metres from a bridge on to the A50 near the city.

In passing judgement Mr Justice Saunders recognised that the punishment may seem lenient to the family of the deceased.

“However, I have sentenced on the basis that the reason for the killing was the mental illness and therefore the culpability of the defendant is low and therefore the sentence I have passed is designed to protect the public,” he said.


Euro 2020: UEFA cancels Rome quarter final tickets sold to UK-based England fans

European football's governing body UEFA has cancelled all tickets sold to UK-resident England fans for the Euro 2020 quarter-final against Ukraine in Rome this weekend, amid concern some may travel to Italy despite Covid-19 quarantine rules.

Euro 2020: UEFA cancels Rome quarter final tickets sold to UK-based England fans
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Since June 18th, all arrivals from the UK have had to quarantine for five days and take two coronavirus tests under Italian health restrictions.

To stop people from attempting to make the trip regardless, “a specific ticketing policy has been put in place” for Saturday’s last eight tie, the Italian interior ministry said in a statement.

READ ALSO: ‘No exceptions’: Italy and UK warn England fans against travel to Rome for Euro quarter final

UEFA, at the behest of Italian authorities, blocked the sale and transfer of tickets from Thursday night, and also cancelled tickets sold to UK residents from midnight on Monday.

The number of blocked or cancelled tickets was not given.

 England’s governing Football Association (FA) was entitled to a ticket allocation of 2,560, equating to 16 percent of the permitted capacity of 16,000 at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.

Andrea Costa, Italian undersecretary of state for health, repeated on Thursday that any person arriving from Britain would face five days of quarantine.

“That will not allow fans who have left over the last couple of days to come and see the match,” he told Radio Capital.

“We’ll be vigilant on this quarantine, we’re not talking about a big number so the checks will not be difficult.”

The English FA has said it was working with UEFA and the British embassy in Rome to “facilitate” ticket sales to England fans resident in Italy.

But the British Embassy in Rome confirmed to The Local that it “is not selling or distributing tickets for the match on Saturday in Rome”.

The confusion on Wednesday left Italy-based England fans scrambling to find out where they could buy tickets.

READ ALSO: Covid cases on the rise in Europe once again as WHO warns of Euro 2020 risk

British government advice is fans should not travel to Italy, an “amber list” country requiring 10 days of self-isolation upon return.

The UK is experiencing a surge in new coronavirus cases, blamed on the Delta variant that was first detected in India.