Nottingham killer Valdo Calocane ‘was NOT insane’ when he stabbed three to death in early morning rampage, psychiatrists claim
Nottingham knife killer Valdo Calocane ‘knew what he was doing’ and was ‘not insane’ when he stabbed three people to death and tried to kill three more during an early morning city-wide rampage, experts have claimed.
Two consulting psychiatrists submitted their opinions as evidence at his sentencing hearing – but he was ruled a ‘paranoid schizophrenic’, meaning he evaded a murder conviction and was given a hospital order.
The conclusions reached by these psychiatrists are likely to cause distress to the families of the victims, including the brother of student Grace O’Malley-Kumar, who also believes the triple killer was ‘not schizophrenic’ during his rampage.
Grace, fellow Nottingham University student Barnaby Webber, both 19, and school caretaker Ian Coates, 65, were all killed by Calocane, who stabbed them to death on June 13 last year.
A judge was told that three psychiatrists assessed Valdo Calocane and collectively concluded that he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the offences.
A judge was told that three psychiatrists assessed Valdo Calocane (pictured) and jointly concluded that he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the offenses – but it has now emerged that other psychiatrists said he was ‘not insane’ not’
Grace and fellow University of Nottingham student Barnaby Webber, both 19, were killed by Calocane
Calocane then stabbed Ian Coates (pictured) to death and stole his van. He mowed down three pedestrians, but they all survived
Prosecutor Karim Khalil said the experts concluded that the condition “resulted in an abnormality of mental function … and an inability to exercise full control.”
Mr. Justice Turner said on Thursday the 32-year-old would be ‘very likely’ to be held in a high-security hospital for the rest of his life as he sentenced him for the ‘horrific’ murders, as well as the attempted murder of three other.
The prosecution commissioned psychiatrist Dr Richard Latham to form an opinion on Calocane’s mental health after families of the victims raised concerns about the CPS planning to accept a plea of diminished responsibility in November. The Express reports.
Dr Latham did not personally interview the killer and his opinions were reached after reviewing assessments by three psychiatrists who had. He apparently agreed with the views.
Forensic psychiatrist Professor Nigel Blackwood also submitted a report for the prosecution which largely agreed with two psychiatric reports from the defense that Calocane’s responsibility was diminished responsibility due to schizophrenia.
But Prof Blackwood said the killer did not have an absolute defense to murder by insanity, The Express reported. He said: ‘He retains some responsibility in that he was not insane at the time of the assaults.’
Another assessment was conducted by Latham after backlash from the victim’s families. The assessment, which was completed on December 12, said there was ‘relatively consistent evidence that he knew what he was doing and that he knew he was committing crimes’.
The attorney general is considering whether the sentence should be reviewed by judges amid anger from the victims’ families over the handling of the tragic case.
The court heard that Calocane’s ‘severe’ mental illness, for which he was not taking his prescribed medication, meant he would hear voices telling him he had to kill people or his family would be hurt.
He is also known to have visited MI5’s London headquarters two years before the fatal attack to ask them to stop controlling him.
Calocane had previously been detained in hospital four times under mental health laws and was arrested in September 2021 for assaulting a police officer.
Three psychiatrists agreed that a hospital order would be the best course of action for Calocane, who believed he was being ‘interfered with’ by ‘malign forces’, with all of them agreeing in court that the attack would not have happened if he wasn’t in. the grip of ‘severe psychosis’.
Emma Webber, mother of Barnaby Webber, makes a statement together with family of the victims. Also pictured are Grace O’Malley-Kumar’s father Dr Sanjoy Kumar (left) and Ian Coates’ son James (centre)
Pedestrians Wayne Birkett, Marcin Gawronski and Sharon Miller all survived
Barnaby’s mother Emma stood outside Nottingham Crown Court after sentencing and blasted the Crown Prosecution Service. “We as a devastated family have been let down by multiple agency failures and inefficiencies,” she said.
‘The CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) did not consult us as reported – instead we were rushed, rushed and railroaded.’
Emma said the first meeting with them was on November 24th.
“We were presented with a fait accompli that the decision was made to accept manslaughter charges,” she said.
‘At no point during the previous five-and-a-half months was there any indication that this could result in anything other than murder.
Mr Griffin, from Nottinghamshire Police, said in a statement on Wednesday that the force “should have done more” to arrest Calocane before the fatal June 13 attacks.
In August 2022, Calocane was reported for summons after assaulting a police officer and was due to attend court for that assault in September, but failed to appear and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
“The defendant was never arrested for that warrant, which was still outstanding at the time of his arrest in June 2023,” Mr Griffin said.
“I personally reviewed this case and we should have done more to arrest him.”
Ashworth Secure Hospital, where Calocane could spend the rest of his life
A CPS spokesman told The Express: ‘Once we received the first three psychiatric reports and were able to consider their impact on the prospect of the murder charges, we spoke to the families of the victims. This consultation was an important factor in our decision to commission the fourth psychiatric report.
‘We have again offered to meet with the families to update them once we have made our final decision before notifying the families.’
Victims Grace O’Mally-Kumar and Barnaby Webber will be honored with a woodland memorial built near the scene where they were stabbed to death, The mirror reported.
University of Nottingham volunteers are working to create space on campus, just meters from where they were attacked.
It will have a flower-lined path and seating where friends, family and fellow students can pay their respects.