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The Times view of the Nottingham murders: so many failures

A single report on the Nottingham murders is the least the families deserve

A single report on the Nottingham murders is the least the families deserve

YUI MOK/PA

The families of Grace O’Malley-Kumar, Barnaby Webber and Ian Coates, murdered by Valdo Calocane in Nottingham last year, could be asked to endure even more pain seems unthinkable, but it just happened. The Court of Appeal reviewed the sentence given to Calocane and found that it was not unduly lenient. This is just the latest of many blows dealt to them by the criminal justice system.

Given that Calocane was charged with manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, the judge in the original case had to choose between ordering the killer to be held in a secure mental hospital indefinitely or a secure mental hospital , followed by prison. He went for the first one, which prompted the attorney general to ask