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Police struggle to arrest murderer after stabbing grandmother to death on he was freed from jail

A police video has captured the horrific moment officers tackled a naked killer on a murderous rampage through a sleepy Townsville suburb in far north Queensland. 

Cops found Anthony James O’Keefe covered in blood and trying to hide in bushes after murdering grandmother Beth Kippin, 81, and trying to kill two others. 

As police moved in to arrest him, he begged: ‘I am on a killing spree and I want to be famous. Just shoot me, kill me.’

Police bodycam video of the arrest five years ago was finally released after O’Keefe, 37, was found guilty at Townsville Supreme Court of Ms Kippin’s murder in July 2016.

A police video has captured the horrific moment officers tackled a naked killer on a murderous rampage (pictured)  through a sleepy Townsville suburb in far north Queensland

Cops found Anthony James O'Keefe covered in blood (pictured) and trying to hide in bushes after murdering grandmother Beth Kippin, 81, and trying to kill two others

Cops found Anthony James O’Keefe covered in blood (pictured) and trying to hide in bushes after murdering grandmother Beth Kippin, 81, and trying to kill two others

The court was told O’Keefe had only been released from jail that day when he pumped himself full of amphetamines with a friend, Brittny Speechly-Faulks.

But moments later, he suddenly turned on her and attacked her with a kitchen knife.

She was left for dead in a pool of blood on her kitchen floor with several stab wounds and a serious liver injury that would have killed her if police hadn’t found her.

He then ran naked around neighbouring houses, taunting locals before smashing his way into one home. 

Unknown to police, the body of grandmother Beth Kippin (pictured) was still lying undiscovered in one of the nearby homes

Unknown to police, the body of grandmother Beth Kippin (pictured) was still lying undiscovered in one of the nearby homes

A resident called police and warned: ‘He’s stark naked and saying he’s going to kill people.’

Another neighbour, Jason Cox, confronted O’Keefe in his driveway before he too was savagely attacked.

‘He said, “Help me, they’re trying to kill me,”‘ Mr Cox told the court, according to the ABC. O’Keefe then lunged at him and struck him in the face.

Cops called to the scene found O’Keefe naked and hiding in the bushes, armed with a fence paling.

Cops called to the scene found O'Keefe naked and hiding in the bushes, armed with a fence paling (pictured)

Cops called to the scene found O’Keefe naked and hiding in the bushes, armed with a fence paling (pictured)

‘(He was) quite erratic, quite drug affected, quite paranoid,’ Senior Constable Aston Bell told the court, the Townsville Bulletin reported. 

The bodycam footage from the arrest shows a dramatic pursuit through the dark streets before O’Keefe is lit up by the light of Constable Bell’s Taser.

Constable Bell added: ‘I had my taser drawn, I was yelling at him.’

The officer used his taser ‘several times’ before other officers arrived and it took four of them to subdue the drug-addled killer.

An officer used his taser 'several times' before other officers arrived and it took four of them to subdue the drug-addled killer (pictured)

An officer used his taser ‘several times’ before other officers arrived and it took four of them to subdue the drug-addled killer (pictured)

Unknown to them, the body of grandmother Beth Kippin was still lying undiscovered in one of the nearby homes.

The following morning police held a media conference at the scene which was disrupted when a neighbour discovered the elderly lady’s body.

The following morning police held a media conference at the scene (pictured) which was disrupted when a neighbour discovered the elderly lady's body

The following morning police held a media conference at the scene (pictured) which was disrupted when a neighbour discovered the elderly lady’s body

He decided to check on her when he noticed her morning newspaper had not been collected – and then found her dead in her home.

The neighbour yelled for help just as Inspector Kelly Harvie was addressing local journalists, before she rushed off to give assistance.

The jury found O'Keefe (pictured) guilty of Ms Kippin's murder and seven other offences including two attempted murders. He will be sentenced on Wednesday

The jury found O’Keefe (pictured) guilty of Ms Kippin’s murder and seven other offences including two attempted murders. He will be sentenced on Wednesday

The jury found O’Keefe guilty of Ms Kippin’s murder and seven other offences including two attempted murders.

Justice David North will sentence him on Wednesday.

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