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Son of Nottingham stab victim confronts shoplifter during BBC interview

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Published Time: 15.05.2024 - 21:40:14 Modified Time: 15.05.2024 - 21:40:14

James Coates, whose father Ian was one of three killed by Valdo Calocane in June, was due to discuss court ruling on radio KEN MCKAY/SHUTTERSTOCK The son of Ian Coates, a victim of last year’s Nottingham stabbing rampage, confronted a shoplifter during an interview with the BBC

James Coates, whose father Ian was one of three killed by Valdo Calocane in June, was due to discuss court ruling on radio

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The son of Ian Coates, a victim of last year’s Nottingham stabbing rampage, confronted a shoplifter during an interview with the BBC.

James Coates was setting up for the interview with Emma Barnett, ahead of her debut episode as a BBC Radio 4 Today Programme host, when a thief attempted to steal from the store where he works.

Mr Coates was on the BBC programme to discuss a Court of Appeal ruling on his father’s killer.

: NOTTINGHAMSHIRE POLICE

But before he spoke to the programme, Ms Barnett said: “James Coates is one of Ian’s sons. I spoke to him after this judges’ ruling in the Court of Appeal, an interview, I just want to say, he conducted while taking time out of his job working as a shop manager in Nottingham, the city where his father was murdered.

“Rather incredibly, while we were setting up the line to talk, he also managed to stop someone from shoplifting.”

The interview came after a court ruled Valdo Calocane’s sentence for killing three people in a knife attack last summer was not unduly lenient.

Calocane was given an indefinite hospital order in January after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of students Barnaby Webber and Grace O’Malley-Kumar, and school caretaker Ian Coates, and the attempted murder of three others.

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The Attorney General then referred the case to the Court of Appeal arguing that the sentence should have included an element of punishment.

But Lady Chief Justice of England and Wales Baroness Carr, Lord Justice Edis and Mr Justice Garnham rejected the application on Tuesday.

It means Calocane’s sentence will not be changed.

Introducing Mr Coates ahead of the interview, Ms Barnett said: “Rather incredibly while we were setting up the line to talk, he Mr Coates managed to stop someone from shoplifting.”

Mr Coates works as a store manager in Nottingham, the city where his father was killed by the 32-year-old paranoid schizophrenic.

Speaking about Tuesday’s ruling James Coates, told BBC Radio 4: “We saw it coming, to be honest, it was looking likely that it was going to happen.

“This is just the first step. This was always the case that from the beginning that we needed for it to be a public inquiry.”

He added: “We’ve obviously been speaking to Keir Starmer and Rishi Sunak, they’ve then said that they’re fully behind it, but we need to go through the other processes first with the investigations and the inquiries and obviously the appeal.

“So as they start to come to a close, that’s when we’ll keep screaming and shouting for the public inquiry.”

Calocane fatally stabbed 19-year-old university students Webber and O’Malley-Kumar as they walked home from a night out in the early hours of June 13 last year, before killing Coates and stealing his van. He then used the vehicle to knock down three pedestrians, Wayne Birkett, Marcin Gawronski and Sharon Miller, in Nottingham city centre before being arrested.

Mr Coates said: “My biggest fear is not him as a person. It’s people like him or what he can do to other innocent people. If he was to come out and relapse and not take the medication and go out and kill again.”

Nottingham killer Valdo Calocane's sentence will not change, judge rules

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