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.

12:46pm

And that's it for today. Thank you for following the blog 

12:45pm

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. 

12:43pm

He praises the victim's mother and family for their "dignity" throughout proceedings

12:41pm

Police and CSI officers being praised by the judge for their work in this case. Judge speaks of "underlying horrors" 

12:39pm

Judge adds: "There is a real possibility no such conclusion will ever be reached" that Addo is safe for release 

12:38pm

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

12:37pm

Addo's face has not changed. Judge says he is entitled to full discount of a third for his plea 

12:36pm

Minimum term being considered now 

12:35pm

Addo sentenced to life imprisonment with direction that he be removed to Broadmoor 

12:35pm

"While substantially reduced, your responsibility remains" he says

12:34pm

Judge dismisses Addo's belief that Sergio had attacked him as a "construct" designed to "deflect responsibility"

12:32pm

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"

12:29pm

Judge says: "the brutal killing of this young man has had a profound and lasting impact upon his mother and family."

12:27pm

He says Sergio was killed in "frenzied and deeply violent attack", after which he was "decapitated and disembowelled"

12:25pm

Judge is recapping events of July 17. Says it is a "deeply tragic" case

12:23pm

"It is common ground that you are dangerous," judge says

12:22pm

A bed is available at Broadmoor for Addo, judge says

12:21pm

Speaks of "acute difficulty" of sentencing 

12:21pm

The judge has returned to the court. He says "After careful thought the crown accepted your plea (of guilty to manslaughter)"

12:17pm

Sergio's family have returned to court. They are sitting on the far side of the room, away from the public gallery

12:15pm

We are being called into court again. Seems the judge has decided on a sentence 

11:36am

I will begin blogging again when the judge returns - this is expected to be in 45 minutes 

11:35am

Judge will now rise to consider his sentence

11:34am

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". 

11:31am

Addo has looked forward for the entire hearing today. His face is very still 

11:29am

And that's the end of the mitigation. Judge has said: "There is no question in this case of a prison sentence alone"

11:28am

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

11:25am

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"

11:22am

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

11:20am

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 

11:18am

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 

11:16am

Judge says it appears Addo had "some insight immediately into what he had done"

11:14am

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 

11:12am

He also believed he was being constantly monitored by this gang. 

11:11am

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 

11:10am

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 

11:09am

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 

11:06am

Dr David Morton has taken the stand. He has produced two reports on Addo 

11:04am

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."

10:59am

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"

10:55am

Addo looking straight ahead. Seems to be concentrating hard and is barely blinking as Mr Nsugbe speaks 

10:52am

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"

10:50am

And that he would have to stay put. The judge says he may take this to account during sentencing 

10:50am

He went AWOL in 2011 after an indication from a treating consultant that his stay in hospital - then voluntary - would become necessary 

10:48am

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

10:46am

Mr Nsugbe said this is an "inescapably tragic case". Addo's first psychotic breakdown took place when he was 16 years old 

10:43am

The judge has sat. We will hear from a psychiatrist  today

10:41am

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.

10:34am

Sergio's mum has arrived wearing a t-shirt printed with a photograph of her son's face 

10:33am

Court is now being called 

10:33am

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 

10:29am

We heard on Monday afternoon that Addo has persistent delusions of being attacked by a gang and suffers with schizophrenia. 

10:27am

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 

10:23am

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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12:41pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Por Speller says...

What good will any comment add to this?
Out of respect for the family the Echo should remove this comment facility for this story.
What good will any comment add to this? Out of respect for the family the Echo should remove this comment facility for this story. Por Speller

1:12pm Wed 4 Dec 13

VeronikaJolova says...

I read life and now 6 and half years ! Surely 6 and a half years cant be correct ? If it is the UK has gone mad .. ! Food banks in the news everywhere , Beheadings ,. Goodbye UK you have become a 3 world country without the sentencing !!! A funny little tin pot country without anyone laughing !! This man should be put down like any animal would be ,..
I read life and now 6 and half years ! Surely 6 and a half years cant be correct ? If it is the UK has gone mad .. ! Food banks in the news everywhere , Beheadings ,. Goodbye UK you have become a 3 world country without the sentencing !!! A funny little tin pot country without anyone laughing !! This man should be put down like any animal would be ,.. VeronikaJolova

1:13pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Old Colonial says...

Another plea to the Echo: could we have proper considered and well written reports rather than the repeated use of 'Blogs' and 'Tweets' that are becoming prevalent? These sort of cases are not 'entertainment'.
Another plea to the Echo: could we have proper considered and well written reports rather than the repeated use of 'Blogs' and 'Tweets' that are becoming prevalent? These sort of cases are not 'entertainment'. Old Colonial

1:13pm Wed 4 Dec 13

VeronikaJolova says...

The Echo have changed the headline from 6 and half to life in case I confuse anyone
The Echo have changed the headline from 6 and half to life in case I confuse anyone VeronikaJolova

2:17pm Wed 4 Dec 13

twynham says...

Old Colonial wrote:
Another plea to the Echo: could we have proper considered and well written reports rather than the repeated use of 'Blogs' and 'Tweets' that are becoming prevalent? These sort of cases are not 'entertainment'.
Whilst I completely agree with the need for proper considered and well written reports and that these sort of cases are not 'entertainment' I have found journos tweeting from court, particularly Peter Jukes at the Brooks-Coulson trial, reporting of the facts of a story before an editor & subs (or Rupert Murdoch) get their hands on it gives one a much more accurate opportunity to formulate an opinion.
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Also, VeronikaJolova there was a German guy in the 30's who wanted mentally disturbed people put down, now what was his name?
[quote][p][bold]Old Colonial[/bold] wrote: Another plea to the Echo: could we have proper considered and well written reports rather than the repeated use of 'Blogs' and 'Tweets' that are becoming prevalent? These sort of cases are not 'entertainment'.[/p][/quote]Whilst I completely agree with the need for proper considered and well written reports and that these sort of cases are not 'entertainment' I have found journos tweeting from court, particularly Peter Jukes at the Brooks-Coulson trial, reporting of the facts of a story before an editor & subs (or Rupert Murdoch) get their hands on it gives one a much more accurate opportunity to formulate an opinion. . Also, VeronikaJolova there was a German guy in the 30's who wanted mentally disturbed people put down, now what was his name? twynham

2:19pm Wed 4 Dec 13

rozmister says...

VeronikaJolova wrote:
I read life and now 6 and half years ! Surely 6 and a half years cant be correct ? If it is the UK has gone mad .. ! Food banks in the news everywhere , Beheadings ,. Goodbye UK you have become a 3 world country without the sentencing !!! A funny little tin pot country without anyone laughing !! This man should be put down like any animal would be ,..
He is and was mentally unwell. How would you feel if an elderly person was put down because they had dementia and were aggressive? Just because he's a strong young man doesn't change the fact he has a mental illness.

Also if you read the article properly the MINIMUM TARRIFF is six and a half years, a life sentence means that it lasts the prisoner's lifetime not necessarily they will spend their whole life in prison. Although if you'd read the article properly you'd have also seen that the judge is unsure he'll ever be released because he's so unwell. So he probably will spend his whole life in prison.
[quote][p][bold]VeronikaJolova[/bold] wrote: I read life and now 6 and half years ! Surely 6 and a half years cant be correct ? If it is the UK has gone mad .. ! Food banks in the news everywhere , Beheadings ,. Goodbye UK you have become a 3 world country without the sentencing !!! A funny little tin pot country without anyone laughing !! This man should be put down like any animal would be ,..[/p][/quote]He is and was mentally unwell. How would you feel if an elderly person was put down because they had dementia and were aggressive? Just because he's a strong young man doesn't change the fact he has a mental illness. Also if you read the article properly the MINIMUM TARRIFF is six and a half years, a life sentence means that it lasts the prisoner's lifetime not necessarily they will spend their whole life in prison. Although if you'd read the article properly you'd have also seen that the judge is unsure he'll ever be released because he's so unwell. So he probably will spend his whole life in prison. rozmister

2:32pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Dibbles2 says...

rozmister wrote:
VeronikaJolova wrote:
I read life and now 6 and half years ! Surely 6 and a half years cant be correct ? If it is the UK has gone mad .. ! Food banks in the news everywhere , Beheadings ,. Goodbye UK you have become a 3 world country without the sentencing !!! A funny little tin pot country without anyone laughing !! This man should be put down like any animal would be ,..
He is and was mentally unwell. How would you feel if an elderly person was put down because they had dementia and were aggressive? Just because he's a strong young man doesn't change the fact he has a mental illness.

Also if you read the article properly the MINIMUM TARRIFF is six and a half years, a life sentence means that it lasts the prisoner's lifetime not necessarily they will spend their whole life in prison. Although if you'd read the article properly you'd have also seen that the judge is unsure he'll ever be released because he's so unwell. So he probably will spend his whole life in prison.
To be fair to Veronica that's not what it said earlier today :) Its said that he had gotten 6 1/2 years and then it added a few tweets later that it was life. Mental illness or not this man is a danger to the public and should never be released. However Broadmoor is like a holiday camp compared to other prisons so Im sure 6 1/2 years will be a breeze.
[quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VeronikaJolova[/bold] wrote: I read life and now 6 and half years ! Surely 6 and a half years cant be correct ? If it is the UK has gone mad .. ! Food banks in the news everywhere , Beheadings ,. Goodbye UK you have become a 3 world country without the sentencing !!! A funny little tin pot country without anyone laughing !! This man should be put down like any animal would be ,..[/p][/quote]He is and was mentally unwell. How would you feel if an elderly person was put down because they had dementia and were aggressive? Just because he's a strong young man doesn't change the fact he has a mental illness. Also if you read the article properly the MINIMUM TARRIFF is six and a half years, a life sentence means that it lasts the prisoner's lifetime not necessarily they will spend their whole life in prison. Although if you'd read the article properly you'd have also seen that the judge is unsure he'll ever be released because he's so unwell. So he probably will spend his whole life in prison.[/p][/quote]To be fair to Veronica that's not what it said earlier today :) Its said that he had gotten 6 1/2 years and then it added a few tweets later that it was life. Mental illness or not this man is a danger to the public and should never be released. However Broadmoor is like a holiday camp compared to other prisons so Im sure 6 1/2 years will be a breeze. Dibbles2

2:45pm Wed 4 Dec 13

scrumpyjack says...

twynham wrote:
Old Colonial wrote: Another plea to the Echo: could we have proper considered and well written reports rather than the repeated use of 'Blogs' and 'Tweets' that are becoming prevalent? These sort of cases are not 'entertainment'.
Whilst I completely agree with the need for proper considered and well written reports and that these sort of cases are not 'entertainment' I have found journos tweeting from court, particularly Peter Jukes at the Brooks-Coulson trial, reporting of the facts of a story before an editor & subs (or Rupert Murdoch) get their hands on it gives one a much more accurate opportunity to formulate an opinion. . Also, VeronikaJolova there was a German guy in the 30's who wanted mentally disturbed people put down, now what was his name?
Was it Mr Godwin? Or Mr Cliche?
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old Colonial[/bold] wrote: Another plea to the Echo: could we have proper considered and well written reports rather than the repeated use of 'Blogs' and 'Tweets' that are becoming prevalent? These sort of cases are not 'entertainment'.[/p][/quote]Whilst I completely agree with the need for proper considered and well written reports and that these sort of cases are not 'entertainment' I have found journos tweeting from court, particularly Peter Jukes at the Brooks-Coulson trial, reporting of the facts of a story before an editor & subs (or Rupert Murdoch) get their hands on it gives one a much more accurate opportunity to formulate an opinion. . Also, VeronikaJolova there was a German guy in the 30's who wanted mentally disturbed people put down, now what was his name?[/p][/quote]Was it Mr Godwin? Or Mr Cliche? scrumpyjack

3:55pm Wed 4 Dec 13

rozmister says...

Dibbles2 wrote:
rozmister wrote:
VeronikaJolova wrote: I read life and now 6 and half years ! Surely 6 and a half years cant be correct ? If it is the UK has gone mad .. ! Food banks in the news everywhere , Beheadings ,. Goodbye UK you have become a 3 world country without the sentencing !!! A funny little tin pot country without anyone laughing !! This man should be put down like any animal would be ,..
He is and was mentally unwell. How would you feel if an elderly person was put down because they had dementia and were aggressive? Just because he's a strong young man doesn't change the fact he has a mental illness. Also if you read the article properly the MINIMUM TARRIFF is six and a half years, a life sentence means that it lasts the prisoner's lifetime not necessarily they will spend their whole life in prison. Although if you'd read the article properly you'd have also seen that the judge is unsure he'll ever be released because he's so unwell. So he probably will spend his whole life in prison.
To be fair to Veronica that's not what it said earlier today :) Its said that he had gotten 6 1/2 years and then it added a few tweets later that it was life. Mental illness or not this man is a danger to the public and should never be released. However Broadmoor is like a holiday camp compared to other prisons so Im sure 6 1/2 years will be a breeze.
I doubt he'll ever be released. It took them so long to get him well enough to plea and being detained indefinitely in a place like that won't help his mental health. If the criteria of his sentence is stuck to he should probably die in prison.
[quote][p][bold]Dibbles2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VeronikaJolova[/bold] wrote: I read life and now 6 and half years ! Surely 6 and a half years cant be correct ? If it is the UK has gone mad .. ! Food banks in the news everywhere , Beheadings ,. Goodbye UK you have become a 3 world country without the sentencing !!! A funny little tin pot country without anyone laughing !! This man should be put down like any animal would be ,..[/p][/quote]He is and was mentally unwell. How would you feel if an elderly person was put down because they had dementia and were aggressive? Just because he's a strong young man doesn't change the fact he has a mental illness. Also if you read the article properly the MINIMUM TARRIFF is six and a half years, a life sentence means that it lasts the prisoner's lifetime not necessarily they will spend their whole life in prison. Although if you'd read the article properly you'd have also seen that the judge is unsure he'll ever be released because he's so unwell. So he probably will spend his whole life in prison.[/p][/quote]To be fair to Veronica that's not what it said earlier today :) Its said that he had gotten 6 1/2 years and then it added a few tweets later that it was life. Mental illness or not this man is a danger to the public and should never be released. However Broadmoor is like a holiday camp compared to other prisons so Im sure 6 1/2 years will be a breeze.[/p][/quote]I doubt he'll ever be released. It took them so long to get him well enough to plea and being detained indefinitely in a place like that won't help his mental health. If the criteria of his sentence is stuck to he should probably die in prison. rozmister

4:13pm Wed 4 Dec 13

twynham says...

Thanks scrumpyjack.
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Never heard that before but just Googled Mr Godwin.
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I'm sure that's something I'll use in the future:-))
Thanks scrumpyjack. . Never heard that before but just Googled Mr Godwin. . I'm sure that's something I'll use in the future:-)) twynham

6:25pm Thu 5 Dec 13

O'Reilly says...

scrumpyjack wrote:
twynham wrote:
Old Colonial wrote: Another plea to the Echo: could we have proper considered and well written reports rather than the repeated use of 'Blogs' and 'Tweets' that are becoming prevalent? These sort of cases are not 'entertainment'.
Whilst I completely agree with the need for proper considered and well written reports and that these sort of cases are not 'entertainment' I have found journos tweeting from court, particularly Peter Jukes at the Brooks-Coulson trial, reporting of the facts of a story before an editor & subs (or Rupert Murdoch) get their hands on it gives one a much more accurate opportunity to formulate an opinion. . Also, VeronikaJolova there was a German guy in the 30's who wanted mentally disturbed people put down, now what was his name?
Was it Mr Godwin? Or Mr Cliche?
Probably ...Mr Gates and the enchanting Melinda. A nicer couple you couldn't hope to meet......
[quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old Colonial[/bold] wrote: Another plea to the Echo: could we have proper considered and well written reports rather than the repeated use of 'Blogs' and 'Tweets' that are becoming prevalent? These sort of cases are not 'entertainment'.[/p][/quote]Whilst I completely agree with the need for proper considered and well written reports and that these sort of cases are not 'entertainment' I have found journos tweeting from court, particularly Peter Jukes at the Brooks-Coulson trial, reporting of the facts of a story before an editor & subs (or Rupert Murdoch) get their hands on it gives one a much more accurate opportunity to formulate an opinion. . Also, VeronikaJolova there was a German guy in the 30's who wanted mentally disturbed people put down, now what was his name?[/p][/quote]Was it Mr Godwin? Or Mr Cliche?[/p][/quote]Probably ...Mr Gates and the enchanting Melinda. A nicer couple you couldn't hope to meet...... O'Reilly

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