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‘Mr Complicated’ held for possessing plastic gun

Essex Road man had imitation weapon at St Pancras Library

25 October, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Something Long And Complicated, who was born William Wood

A MAN who changed his name by deed poll to “Something Long And Complicated” was sentenced for possession of an imitation gun at Blackfriars Crown Court.

Mr Complicated, from Essex Road, had pleaded guilty after he was found with an plastic gun in St Pancras Library in February this year.

Judge Rajeev Shetty ruled on Wednesday that a jail sentence was not appropriate and instead handed down a hospital order after two psychologists ruled that the 34-year-old’s actions were as a result of him suffering from bipolar disorder.

Judge Shetty said: “Both psychologists agree that you do have a particular illness in the form of bipolar disorder which has progressed and got worse in recent times.”

He added: “Your culpability is largely down to mental illness.”

Mr Complicated was born William Wood before officially changing his name in 2007.

He had a spat with social media giant Facebook when they shut down his account believing it was fake.

A friend of Mr Complicated told the Tribune that his name came from a game in school wherein they had all decided to give each other new aliases.

Prosecution barrister Rory Keen said: “Mr Complicated said (to the security) do you know what I have in this bag. He went into his bag and produced a firearm.”

Mr Keen added that it was “unfortunate” that a member of the public then assaulted Mr Complicated even though he had been disarmed by the security guard.


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