Ten life sentences? Go shopping alone then.

#1
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/staffordshire/5263960.stm?ls

Glad to see the new broom at the Home Office is not all talk.

A psychiatric patient who slashed the throats of 15 women at a Birmingham department store has been released into the community to go shopping.

David Morgan, 43, was given 10 life sentences after his rampage through the Rackhams store in 1994.

Morgan, who had a grudge against women, was told he might never be released.

But he has recently been allowed into Stafford town centre for several hours unsupervised. His carers have said the trips are part of his rehabilitation.

It is understood that Morgan, originally from Aston, Birmingham, is being treated at a semi-secure unit at Stafford's St George's Hospital.

South Staffordshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the unit, said its decision to release Morgan had been endorsed by the Home Office.


The safety of the public and wider community is always of paramount importance
NHS Trust spokesman

In a statement, a spokesman for the health trust said it was "very aware" of the safety of its patients, staff and the wider community.

"However, we also have a duty to help our patients recover and resume as normal a life as their illness will allow.

"Some of our patients have restriction orders from the Home Office which limit their movements in the wider community.

"Our clinicians and care workers aim to provide every opportunity for our patients to get better while operating within the terms of the restriction orders."

10-minute spree

A consultant forensic psychiatrist had liaised with local Public Protection Units, which include health, police and probation representatives, at each stage of the process which led to the decision to release Morgan for brief periods.

The spokesman said: "All decisions have also been endorsed by the Mental Health Unit at the Home Office.

"These measures are taken to ensure that as well as trying to provide the very best care for our patients - some of whom have very challenging conditions - the safety of the public and wider community is always of paramount importance."

Morgan, of Osborne Tower, Gladstone Street, Aston, was jailed in February 1996 for the 10-minute terror spree at Rackhams on 8 December 1994.

He admitted nine charges of unlawful wounding and one of assault.

He also pleaded guilty to slashing the throat of psychiatric nurse Steven Messenger with a razor blade while on remand at Ashworth high security mental hospital on Merseyside.

His female victims, including a disabled 85-year-old, needed multiple stitches for their wounds - with one woman missing death by an inch after the blade almost severed her windpipe.
My bold. I'm just relieved that when the Daily Mail reports the same story it will become untrue.
 
#2
The bit about slashing women is true. I dated a woman who was there, he went berserk in the perfumery/cosmetics department where she worked as I remember


He shouldn't even be outside a secure wing. Actually, he shouldn't be outside secure clothing.
 
#3
Is that the lowlife who injured that lady school teacher in her 20s?
I d like this quote tho;

However, we also have a duty to help our patients recover and resume as normal a life as their illness will allow.

Is that New Liarbour speak for 'treat em & f*** em out the door'?
 
#5
spike7451 said:
Is that the lowlife who injured that lady school teacher in her 20s?
I d like this quote tho;

However, we also have a duty to help our patients recover and resume as normal a life as their illness will allow.

Is that New Liarbour speak for 'treat em & f*** em out the door'?
Are you think of Lisa Potts and this charmer.

Beebs x
 
#6
blessed baby cakes said:
spike7451 said:
Is that the lowlife who injured that lady school teacher in her 20s?
I d like this quote tho;

However, we also have a duty to help our patients recover and resume as normal a life as their illness will allow.

Is that New Liarbour speak for 'treat em & f*** em out the door'?
Are you think of Lisa Potts and this charmer.

Beebs x
Thanks Beebs, That's who I was thinking of.
 
#7
FWIW, by way of additional background, a report from the Indy at the time of Morgan's sentencing.

Knifeman told of 'evil thoughts' before attack
Independent, The (London), Feb 3, 1996

A former schizophrenic who ran amok in a department store, slashing 15 women's throats, told a psychiatrist shortly beforehand that he felt great aggression towards women, Birmingham Crown Court was told yesterday.

David Morgan, 31, was given 10 life sentences after admitting nine offences of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and one of assault in connection with the attacks at Rackhams store in Birmingham city centre in December 1994.

He was sentenced amid a dispute between his defence lawyers and the National Health Service over whether he was still mentally ill. The judge accepted the view of psychiatrists at Ashworth high security hospital, where he was held pending the trial, that he was not, and sentenced him to prison.

The court was told that in the October before the attack he had visited his GP to complain of evil thoughts in his head about attacking women, but his cry for help apparently went unnoticed. Defence barrister Adrian Fulford QC, said: "If he had been provided with anti-depressants . . . there is a real chance that these offences would not have ever occurred."

Morgan, of Aston , Birmingham, had been admitted to the city's All Saints Hospital in 1988 after becoming mentally disturbed following the death of his father. He was diagnosed to be suffering from schizophrenia, hypomania and depressive psychosis. After treatment, however, psychiatrists judged that he had recovered and he was discharged with directions that he should receive support from the community psychiatric team and continue on his course of drugs for three months.

But Mr Fulford told the court: "It appears from the records that effectively there was no follow-up at all."

In 1992 and 1993, he was twice arrested by police for launching unprovoked attacks on women in the street. On both occasions he was conditionally discharged, but the psychiatric services were not alerted and there was no further contact until he visited his GP asking for help in the autumn of 1994.

Details of his rampage in the department store were outlined in court yesterday.

The store was packed with hundreds of Christmas shopperswhen Morgan arrived at 10.15am, armed with a 12-inch butcher's boning knife and another kitchen knife. He later told police he had come to the store "to cut someone".

In the cosmetics department he walked up to a counter and produced a knife, swiping at the neck of an assistant, Debbie Gilbert. She screamed and, realising her neck had been cut, ran to the safety of a nearby office. As panic gripped the store, Morgan continued on his way.

Alistair McCreath, QC, for the prosecution, said that Jan Twining, a customer, was browsing in the cards department. He took her by the shoulder, turned her head and brought the knife across her throat. He said something to the effect of: "There's another one."

Morgan's next victim was handbag assistant Kay Pilkington. He slashed her throat, leaving a wound needing 12 stitches. Moving to the jewellery department, he attacked two more women, chasing one around the store. One of his victims received surgery on a wound to her throat and doctors said the knife had nearly penetrated her windpipe.

Two female security officers who tried to help customers as the knifeman attacked them on the floor, were both injured.

After slashing 15 women, Morgan was finally accosted by police as he wandered around the first floor. Kevin Hart, a civilian scenes of crimes officer, and Sgt Jim Lavery approached Morgan and ordered him to put down his weapon. As he did, both men, one armed with a golf club, tackled him to the floor.

Mr McCreath told the court: "Those who were present were terrified. Those who had been cut were bleeding copiously from their wounds and were in genuine fear for their lives. "

Morgan also pleaded guilty to attacking a psychiatric nurse at Ashworth Hospital while on remand in December last year. He allegedly held a grudge against the nurse and managed to conceal a razor blade before walking up behind him and slashing him across the throat.

Sentencing him, Mr Justice Igor Judge told him: "There can be no doubt that you are an extremely dangerous man. It is certain you must be detained until you cease to represent a risk to public safety - if that time never comes, so be it."

He recommended that Morgan not be put forward for parole before serving at least 12 years in prison.
 
#8
Archimedes said:
FWIW, by way of additional background, a report from the Indy at the time of Morgan's sentencing.

Knifeman told of 'evil thoughts' before attack
Independent, The (London), Feb 3, 1996

After slashing 15 women, Morgan was finally accosted by police as he wandered around the first floor. Kevin Hart, a civilian scenes of crimes officer, and Sgt Jim Lavery approached Morgan and ordered him to put down his weapon. As he did, both men, one armed with a golf club, tackled him to the floor.

Sentencing him, Mr Justice Igor Judge told him: "There can be no doubt that you are an extremely dangerous man. It is certain you must be detained until you cease to represent a risk to public safety - if that time never comes, so be it."

He recommended that Morgan not be put forward for parole before serving at least 12 years in prison.
Should have stuffed the working end of the club in his head...... no way this loon should be let out of a cage.
 
#9
Why do the hand-wringing bloody 'caring' professions insist on trotting out the usual old claptrap about our having to understand these people, implying that it is, in some way, our fault that they have turned out like this. The man is clearly mentally ill, and you do not recover from that sort of mental illness. If you do recover from it (which I very much doubt), then the next stop should be a maximum security prison where the individual should serve out the rest of his sentence for the crimes that he has committed.

If we do not have the b*lls to turn round and give him a lethal injection, given that he has voluntarily surrendered his right to fair treatment, then we should accept that he should be locked up, for the rest of his natural life, in a secure institution. Thus 'preparing him for his return to society' would not even come up as an issue. Every time one of these nutters is proclaimed to be 'cured', he invariably goes out and does the same thing again.

They are criminally insane, they add no value to society and are a danger to the public. Humanely put them out of their misery, or lock them up - either way the protection of the majority, law-abiding community outweighs the rights of the individual.
 
#10
Im pleased he is being released to attack my mother / sister / aunt / cousin.

It is always nice to have a few extra pennies in my pocket and the financial savings made by having a knife wielding looney on the streets more than compensate for the chance he might slice someone up if he gets in a tizzy again.

Hurrah for early release and the pecuniary benefits for the man in the street. (note not such an advantage for the woman in the street)
 
#11
'rehabilitation' into what exactly? And why? Can I get full funding for my project to reanimate the victims of these types of nutters - allowing their rehabilitation from dead status to undead status so they can walk the Earth again. I promise to fully comply with H&S and to be an equal opportunity reanimator.
 

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