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Nottingham killer is able to claim benefits of up to £360 a month despite being detained

‘Where’s the sense of justice?’


Nottingham killer Valdo Calocane is eligible for welfare payments, despite being detained.

Having been committed in hospital indefinitely, Calocane could be entitled to up to £360 a month in taxpayer-funded benefits, reports GB News.

The mother of Barnaby Webber, one of the victims in the Nottingham murders in June, has called her son’s killer’s benefit entitlements “insult to injury” .

The 32-year-old fatally stabbed University of Nottingham students Grace O’Malley-Kumar and Barnaby Webber, both 19, in June last year, as well as school caretaker Ian Coates, 65.

Emma Webber told GB News, “It’s just added insult to injury on top of everything else.

“If this monster as we refer to him stays in hospital for as long as we hope, but I am fearful about hospital orders having read everything in the past couple of weeks, he’ll only be in his early 50s when he comes out and he would have amassed anything up to £150,000.

“On top of his all-inclusive package that he’s on which includes lots of activities, lots of treatment, lots of therapy and is very patient. Where’s the penal element of this? We don’t agree.”

Diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 2019, Calocane was committed to a mental hospital rather than face prison in January.

Mrs Webber added: “Our families and I say that on behalf of the three families of the deceased people in Nottingham, we feel like we’ve had to come in and we’ve had to look into things because we just don’t trust in the system.

“I have seen the things in the newspaper and the links online of the facilities there and it’s a well-supported facility, with everything that’s on offer. We want Valdo Calocane to be done for murder because that’s what he is.

“If our legal system and clever barristers and defence teams and ineffective psychiatrists can make it work and make the legal system work as it has for us, then I would suggest the law is wrong and the law needs changing.

The  judge was satisfied that Calocane was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and said that as a result of his condition it is “highly unlikely” that he will ever be released, but his hospital order means he could be eligible for release in three years if he is deemed to be of sound mind.

Featured images via Nottinghamshire Police and Bruce Adams/ANL/Shutterstock.

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