The tragic stabbing deaths of three individuals in Nottingham have sparked calls for a public inquiry from the parents of one of the victims. Dr Sanjoy Kumar and Dr Sinead O’Malley, parents of 19-year-old Grace, who was killed in June along with another student and a school caretaker, are frustrated with what they perceive as failings in the handling of the case. The perpetrator, Valdo Calocane, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. However, the decision to accept these pleas by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has raised concerns among the victims’ families.
The parents are demanding accountability and seeking answers about the care provided to Calocane by the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust and his previous contact with the police. They believe that a public inquiry is necessary to uncover the truth and ensure that all relevant information is brought to light. The families are calling for a thorough examination of mental health services in Nottinghamshire and are hopeful that their demands will be taken seriously.
Labour leader Keir Starmer has expressed support for the families’ call for a public inquiry. During a meeting with the Prime Minister, the families were assured that a comprehensive review of mental health services in Nottinghamshire would be conducted. If the results of this review are not satisfactory, a public inquiry may be considered.
The families are also troubled by the fact that toxicological examinations were conducted on the victims but not on the perpetrator. They find this discrepancy abhorrent and feel that it has not been adequately explained to them.
Several reviews into the handling of the case are currently underway, including a review of the CPS’s actions, a rapid review of the care provided to Calocane, and an investigation into the police’s previous contact with him. However, the families remain determined to hold those responsible accountable and insist on a public inquiry to ensure that all necessary information is uncovered.
Nottinghamshire Police has refrained from commenting on the case until the completion of the review by the College of Policing. The families continue to seek justice for their loved ones and hope that a public inquiry will shed light on the circumstances surrounding this tragic event.