"In other news, the Nicola Edgington case, the IPCC can blame the police all they want. We all know that if society decides it is OK to release a schizophrenic killer with emotionally unstable personality traits from an indefinite hospital order after only four years, to later blame others for what happens is a bit rich. Blame, blame, blame, criticise, criticise, criticise. How easy and satisfying to point the finger at police."Well, quite.
"Other, more striking failures might be laid at the door of hospital staff who failed to give Edgington the help she plainly needed, or indeed the decision to release her from the secure hospital two years before. It might be asked what kind of care she was receiving in the community. But I'd like to focus on the outcome of the trial and the sentencing remarks of Judge Brian Barker, which betray an outrageous and profound ignorance of the nature of severe mental illness and display attitudes quite astonishing in a supposedly advanced and civilised society."Firstly, there's no 'might be' about that blame - it should, rightly, lie at the door of the NHS that failed her. The police did their job when others manifestly failed at theirs.
But let's carp at how awful the justice system has been to this killer instead - clearly, she's the real victim...
I really don't want to be part of an 'advanced and civilised society' if the price to be paid for that is clearly dangerous people freed to almost saw the heads off strangers in broad daylight, all so we can pat ourselves on the back at how humane we are.