Nicola Edgington, 32, begged the operator: 'I need to go to a mental hospital. I need the police to come now. I done a murder five years ago'.
But with her cries for help ignored, later that day she attacked and killed Sally Hodkin, slashing her neck with a stolen 12in butcher’s knife with such force that the 58-year-old was almost beheaded.
The psychiatric patient dailled (sic) 999 from the waiting room of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, south-east London, but after sitting alone for several hours having also warned nurses she was dangerous, she just walked out and murdered an innocent woman.The BBC seems to think it's the former boyfriend and the brother:
Following the previous case, she was ordered to be detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act for killing her mother Marion, 60, the previous year. However, she was released and allowed to live in the community in 2009 where she had been monitored by a doctor, nurse and social worker.
The court heard that in the weeks leading up to the attack, Edgington had a miscarriage and had received abusive messages from a former boyfriend. She also tried to reconcile with her brother who she had not seen since their mother's death, however in response, he told her to kill herself.The Guardian, curiously, doesn't seem to have decided who was to blame yet:
Edgington, of Greenwich, south-east London, was found guilty of murder and attempted murder by a jury at the Old Bailey.
The prosecution said she was suffering from a borderline personality disorder and her actions were deliberate.
But the defence argued that she was mentally ill with schizophrenia and her responsibility was diminished.No-one (other than the family) is pointing the finger at the 'Care in the Community' concept itself. Strange, that...
H/T: Robert Hale via email