The mother of one of the stabbed Nottingham University students has said that Valdo Calocane’s benefits entitlement is an “insult to injury” after he was committed to a mental hospital rather than being jailed for murder.
The schizophrenic, 32, was convicted of brutally stabbing and killing students Barnaby Webber and Grace O’Malley-Kumar, both 19 and school caretaker Ian Coates, 65.
Calocane was sentenced to an indefinite hospital order for the killings meaning he is eligible to claim welfare payments of up to £360 a month while he is being held there.
Emma Webber, the mother of Barnaby, spoke to Patrick Christys on GB News about the killer’s benefit entitlement.
Emma’s son Barnaby was brutally murdered in the attack
She said: “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.”
Emma told Patrick ‘we just don’t trust in the system’
She explained: “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.”
She added: “We’re terrified that this monstrous individual could be out in society and fearful for the public.
“But also where’s the sense of justice? He’s a malicious predetermined murderer and he could be out in a number of years.”
Emma said that the benefits is “insult to injury”
The mother added: “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 original charge of murder was downgraded by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to manslaughter as a result of his diminished responsibility.
Calocane can only be released if the Justice Secretary deems him to be no longer a risk to the public.