Karl Addo begins a life sentence after admitting the beheading of Sergio Marquez

Bournemouth Echo: Victim Sergio Marquez Victim Sergio Marquez

THE killer of Sergio Marquez was given a life sentence this afternoon after admitting beheading and disembowelling the student.

Karl Addo, 30, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility on Monday, and was taken back to Broadmoor Hospital, where he has spent the last year.

See how the sentencing unfolded today in our live coverage

Spanish hotel employee Sergio was stabbed at the Lansdowne Road flat he shared with Addo on July 17 2012 before his killer, a “dangerous” paranoid schizophrenic, mutilated his body.

Judge Mr Justice Ian Burnett said the case was “deeply tragic”, adding: “You killed Mr Marquez with multiple stab wounds in what was a frenzied and deeply violent attack from which he tried to defend himself.”

The court also heard from Dr David Morton, who has worked with Addo since his arrest.

He said that, despite treatment with the “gold star” of anti-psychotic medication, the defendant's delusions of being attacked by a “supernatural” gang remained.

Addo attacked Sergio, whom he believed to be part of this gang, on the day he was due to be evicted from the flat due to anti-social behaviour.

He will serve a life sentence for manslaughter, with a minimum of six-and-a-half years to run alongside an indefinite detention order under the provisions of the Mental Health Act.

However, Judge Burnett said: “The result of the sentence I have imposed is that the public now has the double protection provided by the Mnetal Health Act and the involvement of the Parole Board.

“You will be detained for at least six-and-a-half years, but will not be released until the relevant authorities conclude that it is safe to do so. Given all that I have heard, you must recognise that there is a real possibility that such a conclusion will never be reached.”

Speaking afterwards, Sergio's mother, Maria Carmen Marquez Torres, said: “I have lost my son and the world has lost a wonderful man.

“I believe that I have received justice for me and for Sergio. No sentence would ever be sufficient and nothing will ever compensate me for the loss of my son. But I find comfort in the fact that Mr Addo will not have his freedom for a long time and cannot inflict this pain of any other family.”

Killer absconded from mental health centre

Addo absconded from the Huntley Centre at St Pancras Hospital in London, where he was a voluntary in-patient, after learning he would soon be sectioned in 2011.

One year later, he killed Sergio in their shared flat in Bournemouth.

Today, a spokesperson from the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust released a statement, which read: “In October 2011 Mr Addo was being assessed and treated on a ward at the Huntley Centre. There was no evidence during his admission to suggest that Mr Addo represented a risk to others.

“He was on escorted leave as part of his treatment plan on October 20 2011 when he absconded. Mr Addo's details were immediately circulated to the police and we worked intensively with his family and his GP to establish his whereabouts but the trust was unable to regain contact with Mr Addo after he left the area.

“An incident investigation was carried out by the trust into all of the issues concerning Mr Addo's care and treatment which confirmed that extensive attempts were made to re-establish contact with Mr Addo after he absconded.”

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6:15pm Wed 4 Dec 13

The Seasider says...

For "Life" read 6.5 years.....

If it was a member of your family who was killed in this way, would you think that was justice?
For "Life" read 6.5 years..... If it was a member of your family who was killed in this way, would you think that was justice? The Seasider

6:31pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Understated says...

so frightening, there could be more people like this man out there, i hope that enough will be learned from this tragedy so that no-one else loses a life
so frightening, there could be more people like this man out there, i hope that enough will be learned from this tragedy so that no-one else loses a life Understated

7:45pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Huey says...

Understated wrote:
so frightening, there could be more people like this man out there, i hope that enough will be learned from this tragedy so that no-one else loses a life
Totally agree but unlikely to happen there are so many nutcases and mentalists out there, most of which have come to our town to "recover".
Pah.
If we are not careful the whole town will become a dumping ground for nutters, just like Boscombe.
Addo should never have been allowed to leave London. What a freak, he sickens me.
Shame he didn't stab himself instead of poor Sergio, or go down pokesdown station and use a train.
[quote][p][bold]Understated[/bold] wrote: so frightening, there could be more people like this man out there, i hope that enough will be learned from this tragedy so that no-one else loses a life[/p][/quote]Totally agree but unlikely to happen there are so many nutcases and mentalists out there, most of which have come to our town to "recover". Pah. If we are not careful the whole town will become a dumping ground for nutters, just like Boscombe. Addo should never have been allowed to leave London. What a freak, he sickens me. Shame he didn't stab himself instead of poor Sergio, or go down pokesdown station and use a train. Huey

9:22pm Wed 4 Dec 13

mgibbs says...

The Seasider wrote:
For "Life" read 6.5 years.....

If it was a member of your family who was killed in this way, would you think that was justice?
You obviously did not read the article properly. The life sentence was was for manslaughter. This is to be served alongside an indefinite detention order under the mental health act. Although the minimum tariff set was 6.5 years, there is virtually no chance at all of Addo being released after this minimum period. There is no automatic release date with either a life sentence or an indefinite detention order. In order to be released from custody both the parole board and the mental health assessment team must be satisfied that Addo poses no risk to the public. Given his previous history, the greatest likelihood is that he will spend the rest of his life in a secure hospital.
[quote][p][bold]The Seasider[/bold] wrote: For "Life" read 6.5 years..... If it was a member of your family who was killed in this way, would you think that was justice?[/p][/quote]You obviously did not read the article properly. The life sentence was was for manslaughter. This is to be served alongside an indefinite detention order under the mental health act. Although the minimum tariff set was 6.5 years, there is virtually no chance at all of Addo being released after this minimum period. There is no automatic release date with either a life sentence or an indefinite detention order. In order to be released from custody both the parole board and the mental health assessment team must be satisfied that Addo poses no risk to the public. Given his previous history, the greatest likelihood is that he will spend the rest of his life in a secure hospital. mgibbs

9:46pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Huey says...

mgibbs wrote:
The Seasider wrote:
For "Life" read 6.5 years.....

If it was a member of your family who was killed in this way, would you think that was justice?
You obviously did not read the article properly. The life sentence was was for manslaughter. This is to be served alongside an indefinite detention order under the mental health act. Although the minimum tariff set was 6.5 years, there is virtually no chance at all of Addo being released after this minimum period. There is no automatic release date with either a life sentence or an indefinite detention order. In order to be released from custody both the parole board and the mental health assessment team must be satisfied that Addo poses no risk to the public. Given his previous history, the greatest likelihood is that he will spend the rest of his life in a secure hospital.
Great drug him up and lock him up forever.
[quote][p][bold]mgibbs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Seasider[/bold] wrote: For "Life" read 6.5 years..... If it was a member of your family who was killed in this way, would you think that was justice?[/p][/quote]You obviously did not read the article properly. The life sentence was was for manslaughter. This is to be served alongside an indefinite detention order under the mental health act. Although the minimum tariff set was 6.5 years, there is virtually no chance at all of Addo being released after this minimum period. There is no automatic release date with either a life sentence or an indefinite detention order. In order to be released from custody both the parole board and the mental health assessment team must be satisfied that Addo poses no risk to the public. Given his previous history, the greatest likelihood is that he will spend the rest of his life in a secure hospital.[/p][/quote]Great drug him up and lock him up forever. Huey

9:51pm Wed 4 Dec 13

The Seasider says...

mgibbs wrote:
The Seasider wrote:
For "Life" read 6.5 years.....

If it was a member of your family who was killed in this way, would you think that was justice?
You obviously did not read the article properly. The life sentence was was for manslaughter. This is to be served alongside an indefinite detention order under the mental health act. Although the minimum tariff set was 6.5 years, there is virtually no chance at all of Addo being released after this minimum period. There is no automatic release date with either a life sentence or an indefinite detention order. In order to be released from custody both the parole board and the mental health assessment team must be satisfied that Addo poses no risk to the public. Given his previous history, the greatest likelihood is that he will spend the rest of his life in a secure hospital.
Wrong. I did read it properly. Perhaps you should consider this:

The average cost of a prison place in the UK is £39,573 p/a. (MoJ: 2010).
The average cost of a 'bed' place in Broadmoor is £325,000 p/a (Hansard: 2013).

Do you really think he will be in there for a day longer than legally required? It just costs too much for there to any real justice. He will be out shortly after 6.5 years on a 'care in the community' basis.
[quote][p][bold]mgibbs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Seasider[/bold] wrote: For "Life" read 6.5 years..... If it was a member of your family who was killed in this way, would you think that was justice?[/p][/quote]You obviously did not read the article properly. The life sentence was was for manslaughter. This is to be served alongside an indefinite detention order under the mental health act. Although the minimum tariff set was 6.5 years, there is virtually no chance at all of Addo being released after this minimum period. There is no automatic release date with either a life sentence or an indefinite detention order. In order to be released from custody both the parole board and the mental health assessment team must be satisfied that Addo poses no risk to the public. Given his previous history, the greatest likelihood is that he will spend the rest of his life in a secure hospital.[/p][/quote]Wrong. I did read it properly. Perhaps you should consider this: The average cost of a prison place in the UK is £39,573 p/a. (MoJ: 2010). The average cost of a 'bed' place in Broadmoor is £325,000 p/a (Hansard: 2013). Do you really think he will be in there for a day longer than legally required? It just costs too much for there to any real justice. He will be out shortly after 6.5 years on a 'care in the community' basis. The Seasider

10:35pm Wed 4 Dec 13

HRH of Boscombe says...

Huey wrote:
Understated wrote:
so frightening, there could be more people like this man out there, i hope that enough will be learned from this tragedy so that no-one else loses a life
Totally agree but unlikely to happen there are so many nutcases and mentalists out there, most of which have come to our town to "recover".
Pah.
If we are not careful the whole town will become a dumping ground for nutters, just like Boscombe.
Addo should never have been allowed to leave London. What a freak, he sickens me.
Shame he didn't stab himself instead of poor Sergio, or go down pokesdown station and use a train.
You're right but please; I've had enough train delays already..
.
Unfortunately we don't have a justice system anymore. We have a bunch of toffs attempting a rehabilitation system who live in their own little bubble.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Understated[/bold] wrote: so frightening, there could be more people like this man out there, i hope that enough will be learned from this tragedy so that no-one else loses a life[/p][/quote]Totally agree but unlikely to happen there are so many nutcases and mentalists out there, most of which have come to our town to "recover". Pah. If we are not careful the whole town will become a dumping ground for nutters, just like Boscombe. Addo should never have been allowed to leave London. What a freak, he sickens me. Shame he didn't stab himself instead of poor Sergio, or go down pokesdown station and use a train.[/p][/quote]You're right but please; I've had enough train delays already.. . Unfortunately we don't have a justice system anymore. We have a bunch of toffs attempting a rehabilitation system who live in their own little bubble. HRH of Boscombe

11:26pm Wed 4 Dec 13

UrbanCrab says...

surely there are questions to be asked of the nhs trust involved in this and the way in which mental illness is diagnosed and treated with drugs, especially with the Britisgh Psychological Societies move away from Diagnosis earlier this year...
surely there are questions to be asked of the nhs trust involved in this and the way in which mental illness is diagnosed and treated with drugs, especially with the Britisgh Psychological Societies move away from Diagnosis earlier this year... UrbanCrab

7:18am Thu 5 Dec 13

MrBlueSky says...

Thanks for thinking of us train drivers!
Thanks for thinking of us train drivers! MrBlueSky

8:35am Thu 5 Dec 13

Rally says...

If ever a case called for the death penalty . . .
If ever a case called for the death penalty . . . Rally

4:26pm Thu 5 Dec 13

samjo05 says...

The Seasider wrote:
mgibbs wrote:
The Seasider wrote:
For "Life" read 6.5 years.....

If it was a member of your family who was killed in this way, would you think that was justice?
You obviously did not read the article properly. The life sentence was was for manslaughter. This is to be served alongside an indefinite detention order under the mental health act. Although the minimum tariff set was 6.5 years, there is virtually no chance at all of Addo being released after this minimum period. There is no automatic release date with either a life sentence or an indefinite detention order. In order to be released from custody both the parole board and the mental health assessment team must be satisfied that Addo poses no risk to the public. Given his previous history, the greatest likelihood is that he will spend the rest of his life in a secure hospital.
Wrong. I did read it properly. Perhaps you should consider this:

The average cost of a prison place in the UK is £39,573 p/a. (MoJ: 2010).
The average cost of a 'bed' place in Broadmoor is £325,000 p/a (Hansard: 2013).

Do you really think he will be in there for a day longer than legally required? It just costs too much for there to any real justice. He will be out shortly after 6.5 years on a 'care in the community' basis.
Do you honestly believe he will be released?
[quote][p][bold]The Seasider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mgibbs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Seasider[/bold] wrote: For "Life" read 6.5 years..... If it was a member of your family who was killed in this way, would you think that was justice?[/p][/quote]You obviously did not read the article properly. The life sentence was was for manslaughter. This is to be served alongside an indefinite detention order under the mental health act. Although the minimum tariff set was 6.5 years, there is virtually no chance at all of Addo being released after this minimum period. There is no automatic release date with either a life sentence or an indefinite detention order. In order to be released from custody both the parole board and the mental health assessment team must be satisfied that Addo poses no risk to the public. Given his previous history, the greatest likelihood is that he will spend the rest of his life in a secure hospital.[/p][/quote]Wrong. I did read it properly. Perhaps you should consider this: The average cost of a prison place in the UK is £39,573 p/a. (MoJ: 2010). The average cost of a 'bed' place in Broadmoor is £325,000 p/a (Hansard: 2013). Do you really think he will be in there for a day longer than legally required? It just costs too much for there to any real justice. He will be out shortly after 6.5 years on a 'care in the community' basis.[/p][/quote]Do you honestly believe he will be released? samjo05

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