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Karl Addo sentenced to life for brutal killing of flatmate Sergio Marquez
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- Karl Addo has been sentenced to life imprisonment to be served at Broadmoor with a minimum term of six and a half years for the brutal killing of his flatmate Sergio Marquez.
- Addo pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility during a hearing on Monday.
- Marquez, 23, was stabbed to death before Addo cut off his head and mutilated his stomach at the Lansdowne flat on July 17 last year.
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Result is life imprisonment, likely to be served in Broadmoor, with minimum of six and a half years. However, judge believes Addo is so dangerous he may never be safe for release.
He praises the victim's mother and family for their "dignity" throughout proceedings
Police and CSI officers being praised by the judge for their work in this case. Judge speaks of "underlying horrors"
Judge adds: "There is a real possibility no such conclusion will ever be reached" that Addo is safe for release
Minimum term of six and a half years.
Result is that the public has double protection provided by Mental Health Act and involvement of parole board.
Detained for at least six and a half years but not released until relevant authorities say it is safe to do so
Addo's face has not changed. Judge says he is entitled to full discount of a third for his plea
Minimum term being considered now
Addo sentenced to life imprisonment with direction that he be removed to Broadmoor
"While substantially reduced, your responsibility remains" he says
Judge dismisses Addo's belief that Sergio had attacked him as a "construct" designed to "deflect responsibility"
Judge says "The reality is that you knew you had psychiatric problems and chose to deny yourself treatment after October 2011. That may not be the calculated decision of a rational person but you must have appreciated the risks you were running for yourself and for others"
Judge says: "the brutal killing of this young man has had a profound and lasting impact upon his mother and family."
He says Sergio was killed in "frenzied and deeply violent attack", after which he was "decapitated and disembowelled"
Judge is recapping events of July 17. Says it is a "deeply tragic" case
"It is common ground that you are dangerous," judge says
A bed is available at Broadmoor for Addo, judge says
Speaks of "acute difficulty" of sentencing
The judge has returned to the court. He says "After careful thought the crown accepted your plea (of guilty to manslaughter)"
Sergio's family have returned to court. They are sitting on the far side of the room, away from the public gallery
We are being called into court again. Seems the judge has decided on a sentence
I will begin blogging again when the judge returns - this is expected to be in 45 minutes
Judge will now rise to consider his sentence
Mr Nsugbe speaking to the judge again. He says the case has taken a while to come before the courts as "it has taken a long time to bring him to where he could make rational instructions on a plea".
Addo has looked forward for the entire hearing today. His face is very still
And that's the end of the mitigation. Judge has said: "There is no question in this case of a prison sentence alone"
Mr Nsugbe says doctors agree that Addo's "ability to make rational judgements and understand the nature of his conduct would have been severely impaired" on the day of the attack due to his illness
Mr Nsugbe says the doctor is "very pessimistic" about Addo's chances of recovery. Legal discussion ongoing about sentencing options. He believes that a hospital order is "the appropriate sentence"
There is the possibility that Addo could be sentenced to hospital treatment until he is believed to be "better", and he would then be transferred to a regular prison to serve the rest of his sentence. Doctor says this is not the preferred option in his mind as Addo is so profoundly ill
Doctor adds: "Hard to imagine a time where treatment in hospital is no longer necessary."
He admits that it is difficult to imagine what will happen to Addo in the future
The doctor is still on the stand. He says Addo poses "a high risk of harm to the public" and the best place for him is a hospital because of his "complex" needs
Judge says it appears Addo had "some insight immediately into what he had done"
Judge has just interjected to say that Addo may have tried to "shift blame" immediately after the incident. He adds that Addo had sought to run away after the attack, even attempting to wash his clothes and pack a bag
He also believed he was being constantly monitored by this gang.
Addo believed Sergio was part of a supernatural gang who wanted to torture and kill him, the court has just heard. Addo believed his victim had attacked him first
He has added that despite treatment from "the gold standard" of psychotic medications, Addo's delusions remain. He says Addo seems to be resistant to conventional treatment
The doctor says Addo is "one of the most unwell men I've ever met." He says that despite Addo's outward appearances of being "normal and calm", he is in fact "profoundly" delusional
Dr David Morton has taken the stand. He has produced two reports on Addo
Judge says he has a "real choice" when it comes to sentencing.
He adds: "Assessing responsibility in a case where there is diminished responsibility is not one where any court is able to look at sliding scale from zero to 100 and identify precisely where it lies.
"In a case of this sort, where one doesn't have any direct account from the defendant, the task is an evaluative one which calls for careful assessment of circumstances."
Mr Nsugbe said at the time of the attack, Addo was "borderline insane", but has spoken of improvements since. He adds that Addo "failed to understand the quality of the act"
Addo looking straight ahead. Seems to be concentrating hard and is barely blinking as Mr Nsugbe speaks
Judge says it may be that he "put himself beyond treatment" after absconding.
Mr Nsugbe said he is "very unwell". A doctor treating Addo said "the belief that he is being pursued by a gang is as real as the belief that his name is Karl"
And that he would have to stay put. The judge says he may take this to account during sentencing
He went AWOL in 2011 after an indication from a treating consultant that his stay in hospital - then voluntary - would become necessary
He studied for a degree in engineering, which he did not complete, as well as one in aeronautical engineering, in which he achieved a 2:2
Mr Nsugbe said this is an "inescapably tragic case". Addo's first psychotic breakdown took place when he was 16 years old
The judge has sat. We will hear from a psychiatrist today
Addo has arrived in the court and is wearing a grey suit and blue striped shirt.
In photographs printed in the Echo, he has long hair, but today it's cut very short.
He is looking nervous ahead of today's sentencing, which could see hm returned to Broadmoor Hospital.
Sergio's mum has arrived wearing a t-shirt printed with a photograph of her son's face
Court is now being called
Marquez's mum Maria is expected to be here for the sentencing. Her victim impact statement, read aloud on Monday, called for "Justice, justice and simply justice" after Addo pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility
We heard on Monday afternoon that Addo has persistent delusions of being attacked by a gang and suffers with schizophrenia.
Hello all - Alex here. Oba Nsugbe QC is representing Addo, and will mitigate before sentencing this morning. The judge, Mr Justice Burnett, is expected to sit within the next five minutes
Good morning everyone.
Reporter Alex Winter will be covering the sentencing of Karl Addo this morning at 10.30am at Bournemouth Crown Court.
Addo pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of flatmate Sergio Marquez on the grounds of diminished responsibility during a hearing on Monday.
Marquez, 23, was stabbed to death before Addo cut off his head and mutilated his stomach at the Lansdowne flat on July 17 last year.
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