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British Man Who Tried to Assassinate Donald Trump Finally Speaks out (See details)

Police remove Michael Sandford as Donald Trump speaks at the Treasure Island hotel and casino in Las Vegas 

Michael Sandford, the British man who was jailed for trying to grab a policeman's gun in an alleged bid to assassinate Donald Trump, has said voices in his head had urged him to kill the then presidential candidate, The Telegraph UK reports.

The 21-year-old was arrested last June at a rally in Las Vegas after reaching for the officer's firearm when he was within 20ft of Mr Trump. He said the firearm got stuck in the holster and he was pushed to the ground before being detained.

Sandford, who suffers from mental illness, has now been reunited with his family in Dorking, Surrey, after being released last week.

He said; “I was hearing voices telling me to kill Donald Trump," he said, adding that he had also been hallucinating.

“They’d been coming on for a while and getting stronger and more frequent. At one point they were screaming at me. “My friends had said Trump needed to be stopped. They said he was going to destroy the country - but it was the voices in my head which were telling me to kill him.

“Then one day I saw he was speaking in Las Vegas and I decided to drive there and do something myself.”

Mr Sandford has autism, suffers from a number of mental health problems and was diagnosed as having had a psychotic episode at the time of the incident, in June.

"Deep down I knew there was something wrong but I tried to convince myself it was OK,” he said. He was sentenced at a court in Las Vegas in December to 12 months in jail after pleading guilty to charges of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and disrupting an official function.

“The crazy side of me was disappointed that I’d failed but the rational side was really glad no one had been hurt. I honestly thought they’d shoot me. I thought ‘I’m probably going to die today’,” he said.

Mr Sandford was released less than halfway through the sentence, despite fears Mr Trump might seek to intervene and either keep him in jail for longer or block his return to the UK.

He described US prison as terrifying and said he was locked in his cell "most of the time". He said being reunited with his family was an amazing feeling.

"There were times when I thought I might never see them again," he added.
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