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Man charged with manslaughter of homeless woman

A man from Brighton has been charged with the manslaughter of a homeless woman.

Her body was found in public toilets in Brighton on the 22nd November last year.

Timothy Smythe, who is 52-years-old, is in custody and will appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court on the 15th May.

Faye Isaac, aged 39, was found dead by a cleaner in The Colonnade toilets in Maderia Drive just before 10.50am.

Man in court charged with killing teenage girls

A man is due in court charged with the manslaughter of two teenage girls.

Jasmine Alsop, who was 14-year-old, died when she and her Olivia Lewry were hit by a car in gosport in November last year.

Olivia, who was 16-years-old, died later in hospital.

Samuel Etherington, who is from Gosport, will appear at Winchester Crown Court later.

Jasmine Allsop and Olivia Lewry Credit: Hampshire Police

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Man in court charged with manslaughter of teenage girls in Gosport

A man charged with the manslaughter of two teenage girls from Gosport is due to enter a plea in court today. 14-year-old Jasmine Allsop and Olivia Lewry who was 16 died after they were hit by a car in November last year.

Jasmine Allsop and Olivia Lewry Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Samuel Etherington who's 20 and from Stoners Close in Gosport is due at Winchester Crown Court.

CPS releases statement after sentencing

The Crown Prosecution Service has given its reaction to the sentencing of 30-year-old Karl Addo for the manslaughter of 23-year-old Sergio Marquez.

Addo was sentenced today at Bournemouth Crown Court to life imprisonment with a minimum term of six and half years.

He also received an indefinite restriction under Section 41 of the Mental Health Act with a referral to Broadmoor Hospital, after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Sergio Marquez, 23, on the grounds of diminished responsibility, on 2 December at Bournemouth Crown Court.

Sergio Marquez died as a result of a horrific and frenzied attack by his flatmate Karl Addo on 17th July 2012, during which a meat cleaver and knives were used. Karl Addo had been suffering from mental illness for several years, and was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. At the time of the attack on Mr Marquez he was suffering from the delusional but fixed belief that he was being followed, assaulted and injected with drugs by gangs, and that members of the gang (possibly including Mr. Marquez) were planning to kill him."

– Tessa Hingston, Crown Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service

Ms Hingston said ,edical experts who had been treating Addo in a secure mental hospital while he was waiting for his trial agreed that he had only recently become sufficiently lucid to be fit to plead, although he remained extremely delusional.

The trial was listed to start on Monday, and the defence informed us that Mr Addo would plead guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. The proposed plea was carefully considered, and in the light of evidence from psychiatrists that Karl Addo’s responsibility for his actions would have been substantially reduced by his severe mental illness at the relevant time, the plea was accepted."

– Tessa Hingston

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Killer sent to Broadmoor psychiatric hospital

A man has been sent to Broadmoor, a high security mental health hospital, under the mental health act.

30-year-old Karl Addo attacked and decapitated 23-year-old student Sergio Marquez last July. He had suffered from mental illness for several years.

Mr Maquez's family said he had only wanted to work, learn and help others. They said he was impossible to replace.

His killer also received a prison sentence to run concurrently, of life imprisonment. He must serve a minimum of 6.5 years.

Man to be sentenced for cutting off flatmate's head

A man is due in court today for the manslaughter of his flatmate last July.

30-year-old Karl Addo pleaded guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court on Monday for the manslaughter of 23-year-old Spanish student, Sergio Marquez.

Addo suffered years of mental illness which led to an extreme complex that he was being assaulted and injected with drugs.

He hit him with a cleaver and stabbed him in what was a "prolonged horrific and very violent attack".

Addo absconded from a mental health unit the day before a tribunal in October 2011 decided he should be sectioned.

He then "disappeared" from mental health services before he moved to Bournemouth in May 2012. He killed Mr Marquez, a hotel waiter, on July 17 last year - nine months later.

Family statement after manslaughter plea

Sergio Marquez was brutally killed by Karl Addo Credit: Dorset Police

Addo, of no fixed abode, pleaded not guilty to murder today but guilty to manslaughter through diminished responsibility.

The prosecution said the plea was acceptable because Addo had been severely mentally ill when he killed Mr Marquez. He will be sentenced on Wednesday.

In statement after the hearing, his mother Maria Carmen Marquez Torres, said: "Sergio's life was cut short, a boy that only wanted to work, learn, help others, enjoy the life that God gave him and make everybody that knew him happy.

"He had such a beautiful life. He wanted to be a father and have three children, and the thought of this filled him with excitement.

"Sergio had everything, he was handsome, happy, kind, healthy, responsible, fun, and polite. He is a person that is impossible to replace."

Man cut off flatmate's head

A paranoid schizophrenic killed his flatmate and cut off his head in a frenzied attack after suffering from delusions that he was being persecuted, a court heard today.

Karl Addo, 30, suffered years of mental illness which led to an extreme complex that he was being assaulted and injected with drugs.

He snapped on the day he had been told to leave the flat in Bournemouth, Dorset, he shared with Spanish student Sergio Marquez, 23.

He hit him with a cleaver and stabbed him in what was a "prolonged horrific and very violent attack"

Addo absconded from a mental health unit the day before a tribunal in October 2011 decided he should be sectioned.

He then "disappeared" from mental health services before he moved to Bournemouth in May 2012. He killed Mr Marquez, a hotel waiter, on July 17 last year - nine months later.

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