The families of Valdo Calocane’s victims say they’ve been denied justice after the killer was detained in a secure hospital for three counts of manslaughter and three counts of attempted murder.
In a killing spree which the judge said has “sickened the nation and ruined the lives of the victims’ families”, University of Nottingham students Barnaby Webber and Grace O’Malley-Kuma, both aged 19, were stabbed to death on Ilkeston Road last June.
School caretaker and die-hard Nottingham Forest fan Ian Coates became Calocane’s third victim when he turned his knife on him on Magdala Road as Mr Coates was making his way to work.
He was given a hospital order after admitting manslaughter on the basis of diminished responsibility at Nottingham Crown Court today (Thursday, January 25).
But in emotional scenes outside court, Mr Coates’ son, James Coates, criticised the trial saying that the killer had ‘got away with murder’.
“this man has made a mockery of the system”
The 32-year-old, who had been detained in a mental health unit, and also avoided contact with a mental health team a year before the attacks. He also pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted murder.
At Nottingham Crown Court judge, Mr Justice Turner, told Calocane he remained a danger to society and the sentence would “result in you being detained in a high-security hospital, probably for the rest of your life”.
Also after the hearing, Emma Webber, the mother of Barnaby Webber, started the statement on behalf of the victims families, starting with “true justice has not been served”.
” TO THE CHEIF CONSTABLE, rOB GRIFFIN….YOU HAVE bLOOD ON YOUR HANDS… WE TRUSTED IN OUR SYSTEM, FOOLISHLY AS IT TURNS OUT”
Mrs Webber also told journalists “the CPS did not consult” with the families.
Dr Sanjoy Kumar also added his statement on behalf of the Kumar family, ” we will never come to terms with the loss of our beloved daughter Grace”.
The statement then ended with James Coats, the son of victim Ian Coats stating that “Nottingham suffered a great loss”.
Emma Webber thanks the media for their support as she feels that “our voices have been contained”.