Nottingham attacks: Triple killer given hospital order

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Valdo Calocane, who killed three people in "frenzied and relentless" attacks in Nottingham, has been told he is likely to spend the rest of his life i

Valdo Calocane, who killed three people in "frenzied and relentless" attacks in Nottingham, has been told he is likely to spend the rest of his life in a high-security hospital.

 

Nottingham attacks Triple killer given hospital order

He was given a hospital order after admitting manslaughter on the basis of diminished responsibility.

 

Barnaby Webber and Grace O'Malley-Kumar, both 19, were fatally stabbed on 13 June 2023 along with Ian Coates, 65.

 

University of Nottingham students Mr Webber and Ms O'Malley-Kumar were fatally stabbed in Ilkeston Road just after 04:00 BST, while Mr Coates was found dead with knife injuries in Magdala Road after his van was stolen.

 

Pedestrians Wayne Birkett, Marcin Gawronski and Sharon Miller were then driven at in Milton Street and Upper Parliament Street, in the city centre.

 

The 32-year-old, who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia before the attacks, also pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted murder.

 

At Nottingham Crown Court the judge, Mr Justice Turner, told Calocane he remained a danger and the sentence would "result in you being detained in a high-security hospital, very probably for the rest of your life".

 

"In the early hours of 13 June last year, you committed a series of atrocities in this city, which ended the lives of three innocent people," he said.

 

"You went on to attack three more people, fully intending, but failing, to kill them.

 

"Your sickening crimes both shocked the nation and wrecked the lives of your surviving victims and the families of them all."

 

Speaking after the sentencing, the victims' families voiced their anger at the outcome.

 

She accused of Nottinghamshire Police's Assistant Chief Constable Rob Griffin of having "blood on his hands", following the force's failure to detain Calocane after an arrest warrant was issued in September 2022, following an alleged assault on an officer.

 

Grace O'Malley-Kumar's father, Dr Sanjoy Kumar, said: "We will never come to terms with the loss of our beloved daughter Grace, how she lost her life [and] her heroic actions."

 

She was a "gift to us" and a "gift to the country", he said, and thanked his "wonderful family... and all of our friends for their continued love and support".

 

And James Coates, son of Ian Coates, said in a statement that his family had "suffered a great loss", and "the city of Nottingham has suffered a great loss".

 

"The failures from the police, the courts and the health service have resulted in the murder of my father," he added.

 

Janine McKinney, from the CPS, said: "His [Calocane] pleas to manslaughter were only accepted after very careful analysis of the evidence. We reached this conclusion because the expert medical evidence was overwhelming; namely that his actions were substantially impaired by psychosis resulting from paranoid schizophrenia.

 

"During this lengthy and complex sentencing exercise, the prosecution's case has been that Calocane was criminally responsible for what he did, as well as being impaired by his mental health."

 

"It soon became clear, however, that the central issue in this case would relate to whether at the time of committing these offences, you were suffering from symptoms of severe mental disorder."

 

The judge said the psychiatric evidence did not detract from the "horror" and "disastrous" impact of the offences, but he said, in his view, Calocane's abnormality of mind "significantly contributed" to him perpetrating the attacks.


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