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Judges to decide if Nottingham killer was given 'unduly lenient' sentence: Valdo Calocane

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Published Time: 14.05.2024 - 04:40:39 Modified Time: 14.05.2024 - 04:40:39

The 32-year-old fatally stabbed three people in June last year

The 32-year-old fatally stabbed three people in June last year. He was given an indefinite hospital order after pleading guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.

Tuesday 14 May 2024 01:52, UK

Three senior judges will today decide whether Valdo Calocane, who stabbed three people to death in Nottingham last year, was given an "unduly lenient" sentence.

Calocane, 32, was sentenced in January after pleading guilty to the manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility of Barnaby Webber, Grace O'Malley-Kumar and Ian Coates, and the attempted murder of three others.

He was given an indefinite hospital orderbut three judges will today rule on whether this should be changed, after the Attorney General referred the case to the Court of Appeal.

At a hearing last week, barristers for the Attorney General's Office (AGO) said Calocane should be given a "hybrid" life sentence.

This would see him treated for his paranoid schizophrenia, before serving the remainder of his jail term in prison.

A judicial spokesperson confirmed Lady Chief Justice Baroness Carr, Lord Justice Edis and Mr Justice Garnham will hand down their ruling at 10am on Tuesday at London's Royal Courts of Justice.

Calocane fatally stabbed students Mr Webber and Ms O'Malley-Kumar, both 19, and 65-year-old school caretaker Mr Coates in the early hours of 13 June last year.

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He then stole Mr Coates' van and hit three pedestrians with it before being arrested.

Lawyer Deanna Heer KC, representing the AGO, told the court last week that Calocane's "extreme" crimes warrant "the imposition of a sentence with a penal element, an element of punishment".

Representing Calocane, Peter Joyce KC said the offences would have been committed "but for the psychosis", and argued a hybrid order would mean Calocane would be "punished for being mentally ill".

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