Michael Sandford 'heard voices' when he tried to shoot Donald Trump at Las Vegas rally

Michael Sandford 'heard voices' when he tried to shoot Donald Trump at Las Vegas rally

The young man who tried to shoot Donald Trump at a rally has been returned to the UK

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Michael Sandford has told of how he "heard voices" telling him to kill Donald Trump during his attempt to shoot the President.

The 21-year-old was imprisoned in the United States after he attempted to grab a police officer's gun at a Las Vegas rally for the then-candidate, in the months ahead of the presidential election. 

Sandford suffers from a number of mental health problems, and it has been established he was having a 'psychotic episode' at the time of the rally in June.

He gave an exclusive interview to The Sun, telling the paper how the voices he had been hearing in his head were getting stronger. 

He said: "They'd been coming on and were getting stronger and more frequent. 

"My friends said Trump needed to be stopped, that he would destroy the country. However, it was the voices which told me to kill him.

He was sentenced in a Las Vegas court last December to a year in prison after he pled guilty to possession of a firearm and disrupting an official function.

He has now been returned to the UK, five months into his year-long sentence, and described how he'd remained locked in his cell during most of his US incarceration because of how terrifying US prison was. 

Sandford expressed his relief at being reunited with his family, saying he'd had fears Trump might intervene and block his release.