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Valdo Calocane: Attorney General to review Nottingham killer’s sentence | UK | News

The Attorney General Victoria Prentis will review the sentence of triple killer Valdo Calocane after his victims’ heartbroken familes claimed he « got away with murder » in a scathing attack on the Crown Prosecution Service.

The 32-year-old paranoid schizophrenic, who was initially charged with murder, did not plead guilty to murder after the brutal killings of Nottingham univertsity students Barnaby Webber and Grace O’Malley Kumar – both 19 – and 65-year-old caretaker Ian Coates on June 13 of last year. Instead, he admitted to manslaughter on the ground of diminished responsibility, leaving the victim’s loved ones enraged.

The Attoney General Victoria Prentis, who is also the Tory MP for Banbury, has received a formal complaint about the « unduly lenient » sentence, The Telegraph reports. She will now consider whether to refer the case to the Court of Appeal, which would see a set of judges scrutinise whether the killer received an appropriate sentence.

Barnaby Webber’s grieving mum Emma slammed the CPS outside Nottingham Crown Court in a heartbroken statement after sentencing, saying the court process felt « rushed » and « railroaded ». Meanwhile James Coates, the son of victim Ian Coates added: “This man has made a mockery of the system, and he has got away with murder.”

Mrs Webber said Nottinghamshire Police had “blood on your hands” after the force admitted it had « missed opportunities » to stop the killings from ever happening in the first place.

She went on: “If you had just done your jobs properly, there’s a very good chance our beautiful boy would be alive today. There is so much more to say and clearly serious questions regarding this case and events leading up to this monster being out in society.”

The court heard that the 32-year-old “mercilessly” stabbed students Barnaby Webber, from Taunton in Somerset, and Grace O’Malley-Kumar, from Woodford in London, both 19, and school caretaker Ian Coates, 65, to death. He then went on to run over three pedestrians in the van he had stolen from Mr Coates.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak declined to back calls for a public inquiry into the circumstances that led to the dreadful attacks.

On Thursday the PM sent his “heartfelt condolences” to the families, adding that he wanted state agencies to learn “any lessons” required from the case.

Broadcasters asked Mr Sunak during a visit to North Yorkshire if he would demand a public inquiry into any failings by the police, health authorities and the CPS.

In reply, he said: “My thoughts are with all the families affected by what happened. It was an absolutely awful case and as a parent you think when you send your kids out into the world or university they’ll be safe. I can’t imagine the pain they are going through at the moment. This is obviously a very dangerous individual.”

He added that it was “right” that Calocane will “spend very probably the rest of his life” in a high-security hospital.

He went on: “I also think it is important that all the relevant agencies look back to ensure that all reasonable steps that could have been taken were taken and if there are any lessons to be learned that we do so.”

Number 10 declined to say what, if any, further action might be taken in response to the case. The PM’s spokeswoman said: “What happens next is that it is right that the agencies look back and check through that all the proper processes and all the steps that could be taken were taken, and we’re going to let that work take its course first”.

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