|Sam Donley stabbed Mr Miller 32 times (Picture: Ross Parry)|
A family has paid tribute to a young musician who was killed by his best friend who had taken a previously legal high.
Sam Donley said he thought he was stabbing a skull to get out of a dream world. In fact he was killing Liam Miller, 20.
He admitted manslaughter at Leeds Crown Court, which heard he had taken 25i-NBOMe – more commonly known as Mr Happy – at his home in York.
They took the drug – also known as N-bomb, Smiles or Solaris – and recorded their experiences and feelings while high.
Liam’s family said in a statement: ‘It is impossible to find the words to describe how we feel about Liam’s death.
‘He is the first thing we think about in the morning and the last thing we think about at night. It is hard to accept that he had his whole life in front of him. It was such a waste of life and he didn’t deserve what happened’
|Victim Liam Miller, was stabbed 32 times (Picture: Ross Parry)|
‘Without any doubt, this is the hardest and most painful experience any human being will have to go through.’
No motive for the attack has been established and the conclusion is that Donley killed Liam during a psychotic episode brought on by the drug.
Donley also attacked a 60-year-old man after hearing what was happening.
Two other neighbours subsequently ran to the scene – one attending to Liam’s injuries while the other made Donley return into his home.
Detective Inspector Mark Pearson said: ‘Liam Miller’s promising life has been cut short. Sam Donley is facing several years in prison and has to live with the fact that he has killed his best friend.’