Angie Dews, 43, pleaded guilty to three counts of making the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) uncovered by police at the South Croydon mental health hospital where she lived and received care.Whoops! Luckily, they weren’t made on the premises, the police think.
That would be mental!
Dews, formerly known as Mark Camm, has been living as a woman for the past 18 months and was a resident at Southleigh Community hospital, in Brighton Road, which had to be evacuated.
The guilty plea at Croydon Crown Court on Friday means we can now reveal the details of a court hearing earlier this year, which heard how police were called to the hospital by a woman calling herself Dews' stepmum.‘Calling herself’..? Well, was she, or wasn’t she?
Is everyone in this story confused about their identity?
A day after the bombs were found on January 18, Peter Bonham, prosecuting, told Croydon Magistrates' Court: "Police received a call from someone who stated that she was Miss Dews' stepmum and that she said her stepson [Dews] had called, saying he had a gun and would kill himself if no one told him he was loved.
"However, when the police arrived they discovered Miss Dews had made a number of improvised explosive devices, known as IEDs.
"There was also a home-made handgun firearm recovered from the scene and loaded with explosive powder material, initially thought to be explosive material from inside fireworks.
"In the subsequent interview she admitted she made the items and said she also wanted to prove she could make them after failing an interview to join the military where she was told she would never become a bomb specialist."I…
It’s like a ‘Monty Python’ sketch, isn’t it?
At the January hearing, Louise Hartley, defending Dews, said: "She has a very difficult relationship with her father who doesn't accept that she lives as a woman. She doesn't have the contact she desperately craves.
"She had no intention of harming herself and had no intention of harming anybody else. It was a cry for attention and a misguided science project."Riiiight! There’s a lot of it going about, apparently…
Judge Jeremy Gold ordered a psychiatric report be carried out before sentencing on September 21.By someone independent of the hospital, I’d hope?