Sentencing of samurai sword killer delayed again
A PARANOID schizophrenic who stabbed another man to death with a samurai sword must wait a further two weeks before he is sentenced.
Bristol Crown Court heard from an expert that Marc Carter needed to be kept in a high-security hospital to protect the public.
But the court was told that doctors at Broadmoor hospital, where Carter was due to be sent, had asked for further assessments before they would agree to take him permanently.
Carter stabbed Gino Nelmes – a fellow resident of a home for adults with mental health needs in Filton Avenue, Horfield – to death before walking into a police station and confessing, the court heard.
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Mr Nelmes was stabbed 18 times, including through his heart, liver and spleen, and bled to death.
Carter had been an in-patient at Fromeside secure psychiatric unit in Fishponds until just a few days before the incident in March this year.
The Filton Avenue home he was sent to live in was registered to Keystone Mental Health Services. It was deemed appropriate by those responsible for his care that he was "placed back in the community".
Ian Pringle QC, prosecuting, said another resident raised the alarm at around 4.30pm on Saturday, March 17, only a short time after a Keystone director had visited the premises.
Everything was said to have been fine, with Carter having said hello to the director.
Mr Pringle said slash marks to Mr Nelmes' hands and wrists were consistent with defensive injuries.
Emergency services were called, by which time Carter, 46, had already visited a friend in another part of the city and confessed to the killing.
At 6.15pm, he arrived at Trinity Road police station and told staff he had "just stabbed someone".
"He told them the sword was in his bedroom," said Mr Pringle. "A short samurai sword was found in his bedroom, blood-stained, with his fingerprints on the handle."
Mr Pringle said there were no witnesses to the incident.
The court heard Carter had been a paranoid schizophrenic for "many years", heard voices and reacted violently when he believed someone was "reading his mind".
His previous convictions included several for violence, dating to 1984, including assault and wounding.
Carter admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Psychiatrist Dr Alan Lillywhite believed Carter was suffering from a mental disorder and he needed to be detained in a high security hospital for treatment. Carter has been made the subject of a hospital order three times in the past.
The Recorder of Bristol Judge Neil Ford QC said he wanted to impose a so-called hybrid order, allowing Carter to be treated in hospital when appropriate and sent to prison afterwards.
But while Broadmoor secure hospital was happy to give Carter a bed on a temporary basis, they said they required further assessments be carried out before taking him.
Judge Ford told the court: "I don't understand it. I can't send him there without the blessing of Broadmoor. I think I need one of the doctors here."
The judge apologised to Carter and members of Mr Nelmes' family.
Remanding Carter in custody, he adjourned the case for a representative of Broadmoor secure hospital to attend court and explain the "medical block".