Reading Crown Court heard the mentally-ill patient had been taken by Hayes Hospital staff to watch horror films.It gets better:
The court heard that Harkin, who also suffers from autistic spectrum disorder, was allowed to build a vast collection of horror and pornographic DVDs while being detained.
Harkin, a schizophrenic who killed his stepbrother, was jailed indefinitely.A low-security hospital? And he’s getting more and more disturbed? Well, clearly the thing to do is leave him there.
He was at the low-security Hayes Hospital, in the village of Pilning near Bristol, for repeatedly stabbing his six-month-old stepbrother to death in his cot.
His behaviour became increasingly disturbed and he eventually fled the institution on 2 February.
The Recorder of Cardiff, Nicholas Cooke QC, raised concerns over why Harkin, who had a history of absconding, was moved to a low-security unit.Well, no need to be hasty, is there? He might come back on his own, after all. And what’s he going to do, anyway? Rape some schoolgirl?
He also questioned why staff waited nearly half an hour before informing police and why they had previously let him watch violent films.
Bet no-one loses their job over this...