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The Court of Appeal will later review the Nottingham attacker’s sentence

The attorney general ruled that Valdo Calocane’s indefinite hospital stay could be “overly lenient” earlier this year.

Author: Maddy BullPosted 29 minutes ago

The sentence of the man responsible for the Nottingham attacks will be reviewed by the Court of Appeal today (8 May 2024).

Valdo Calocane stabbed Barnaby Webber students Grace O’Malley-Kumar, 19, and school caretaker Ian Coates, 65, with a dagger in the early hours of June 13 last year and tried to kill three others. .

In January, he was given an indefinite hospital order for manslaughter due to diminished responsibility after Nottingham Crown Court heard he had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

Attorney-General Victoria Prentis said in February she would refer the sentence to the Court of Appeal for review after concluding it was “overly lenient”.

Three judges from the Court of Appeal will hear arguments from senior treasury counsel representing the attorney general and Calocane’s lawyer.

Emma Webber, Barnaby Webber’s mother, said the Coates, Webber and O’Malley-Kumar families were now putting their trust in the attorney general’s office to present an “open, challenging and far more thorough representation than previously witnessed”.

She said: “We trust that it will be proven, as we strongly believe, that although Calocane is clearly mentally ill, he was present and culpable enough at the time leading up to, during and after the attack to demonstrate that there was intent on his part. .

“This is an important step for our united families, however we still have a long way to go with the many investigations into the failings of both Nottinghamshire Police Force and Nottinghamshire Health Trust.

“We remain determined that we will not be cut off or stopped in our pursuit of proper justice and proper accountability.”

Ms Webber also criticized the “grandiose theatrics” of Calocane’s lawyer, Peter Joyce KC, in mitigation during the defendant’s sentencing hearing.

Mr Joyce said schizophrenia had “stalked” a man of previously impeccable character and behaviour.

He described Calocane as “a man who, before he was struck down” by mental illness, “was completely law-abiding, worked hard, went to university and did everything he could to become a meaningful member of society”.

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