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Squatter killed Sandra Bainbridge in her own home

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BBC News - Squatter killed Sandra Bainbridge in her own home

Squatter killed Sandra Bainbridge in her own home

A squatter who stabbed a grandmother to death when she returned home from holiday has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Andrea Cutler carried on living at Sandra Bainbridge's cottage in Belper, Derbyshire, after she had killed the 70-year-old in December 2013.

Cutler, 39, from Derby, has a long history of mental illness.

She was charged with murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Sentencing her at Nottingham Crown Court, Judge Gregory Dickinson QC said: "Clearly this defendant is very dangerous.

"She presents a serious risk of harm to the public. Her mental illness contributed largely to this terrible crime."

He gave her a hospital order with no time limit.

The prosecution and defence psychiatrists believe she was suffering from schizoaffective psychosis, a severe mental illness, at the time of the killing.

(continued, imagine there'll be more cases like this as benefits like DLA are withdrawn from the seriously ill, sanctions culture etc....?)
 

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(continued, imagine there'll be more cases like this as benefits like DLA are withdrawn from the seriously ill, sanctions culture etc....?)
i don't know what all the statistics are? But i think it's inevitable for people with stress related conditions, linked with socio-economic aspects, that there'll be all kinds of tragedies in some cases, given the increasing pressures & difficulties being placed on some of the most vulnerable in our society.
 
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