Nottingham triple killer could have his sentence changed

by 24britishtvMay 14, 2024, 10:50 a.m. 25
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Nottingham triple killer Valdo Calocane could have his sentence changed. The 32-year-old was handed an indefinite hospital order after admitting the manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility of Barnaby Webber, Grace O’Malley-Kumar and Ian Coates in Nottingham city centre last June. He also admitted the attempted murder of three others. Prosecutors accepted Calocane's not guilty pleas to murder charges at his sentencing hearing in January after medical evidence showed he has paranoid schizophrenia. But the 'unduly lenient' sentence was referred to the Court of Appeal in February by Attorney General Victoria Prentis. The Lady Chief Justice Baroness Carr, Lord Justice Edis and Mr Justice Garnham will rule on whether Calocane’s indefinite hospital order should be changed, and are due to give their decision on Tuesday (May 14). Lawyer Deanna Heer KC, representing the AGO, told the court on Wednesday the “extreme” crimes warrant “the imposition of a sentence with a penal element, an element of punishment”. Peter Joyce KC, for Calocane, said none of the offences would have been committed “but for the psychosis”, and imposing a hybrid order would mean he would be “punished for being mentally ill”. Baroness Carr, Lord Justice Edis and Mr Justice Garnham cannot examine or change the offences for which Calocane was sentenced and cannot look at any new evidence related to the case. Instead, they can only assess whether the sentence was unduly lenient based on the evidence before the sentencing judge at the time. LIKE | COMMENT | SUBSCRIBE | SHARE #uknews #nottingham #courtnews

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