Family’s Accusations on Court Steps:
In a shocking turn of events, the family of 19-year-old Barnaby Webber, a victim of the Nottingham triple-killing spree, expressed their fury, claiming that true justice had not been served.
Barnaby Webber’s mother, Emma Webber, accused Nottinghamshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) of mishandling the case, leading to the acceptance of manslaughter charges against the perpetrator, Valdo Calocane.
Standing on the court steps, Emma Webber passionately accused authorities of having “blood on their hands.”
She asserted that the family was coerced into accepting manslaughter charges in what she deemed a “trial by doctors.”
Emma Webber claimed a lack of consultation by the CPS and expressed deep disappointment in the legal process.
Judge’s Sentencing and Acknowledgment:
Judge Mr. Justice Turner sentenced Valdo Calocane, the triple-killer, stating that he would likely be detained in a high-security hospital for life.
The judge acknowledged the deliberate and merciless nature of Calocane’s acts, emphasizing the profound impact on the victims’ families.
However, the sentencing drew criticism from Barnaby Webber’s family, who insisted that the killer had “gotten away with murder.”
Family’s Response to Sentencing:
In a statement, Mrs. Webber contested the decision, highlighting the family’s disappointment in the justice system. She refuted claims that the CPS consulted them, alleging a rushed and railroaded decision.
Mrs. Webber argued that despite Calocane’s mental health struggles, the premeditated planning and brutality of the attacks indicated a conscious choice to commit heinous crimes.
Details of the Attacks:
During the three-day hearing, the court heard harrowing details of Calocane’s attacks on students Barnaby Webber and Grace O’Malley-Kumar, along with school caretaker Ian Coates.
The killer, armed with a dagger, ambushed his victims in the early hours of June 13, inflicting severe injuries.
Witnesses described the chilling screams and the ruthless nature of the attacks that left three people dead.
Judge’s Perspective on Mental Health:
Despite Calocane being detained in a high-security hospital since November, Judge Turner expressed concern over his ongoing danger.
The judge acknowledged the psychiatric evidence but emphasized that Calocane’s abnormality of mind significantly contributed to the string of attacks.
Calocane’s serious mental illness, including auditory hallucinations, played a pivotal role in the court’s consideration.
Police Acknowledge Failings:
Nottinghamshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Rob Griffin conceded that the force should have done more to arrest Calocane before the fatal attacks.
Griffin revealed that Calocane had a pending warrant for assaulting a police officer, and the force failed to apprehend him.
Acknowledging the oversight, Griffin stated that they “should have done more” to address the outstanding warrant.
This controversial case highlights the delicate balance between mental health considerations and the pursuit of justice, sparking debates about the adequacy of current legal frameworks.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn