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OAPs LIVING IN TERROR OF 6FT CANNIBAL; Psycho eats women's ears.

Byline: MARION SCOTT EXCLUSIVE

A PSYCHIATRIC patient dubbed Hannibal the Cannibal terrorised OAPs in a Scots hospital by eating their ears.

He bit off and spat out the ear of one frail patient and swallowed the lobe of another.

The 6ft psycho was kept in the unit for decades - until its closure, when he was transferred to a new multi-million- pound facility, which houses the long-term mentally ill.

Six months after he moved into Overtown Court, in Rutherglen, near Glasgow, the attacks are still going on.

The 41-year-old Glasgow man has attacked and abused patients, staff and visitors.

Traumatised Rosina Vacca, 68, has been repeatedly attacked while visiting her son, Carlo.

Mrs Vacca, of Dennistoun, Glasgow, said: "When this man sees me, he lashes out and hits me on the head and body.

"I'm terrified for my safety and for my son. This man has hit me time after time, but no one wants to do anything.

"Staff say he is dangerous and should be moved. I've written to hospital managers, but they have done nothing to help. Perhaps they're waiting until someone is seriously hurt or killed."

Carlo Vacca, 42, who has learning difficulties, cowers in terror from the unpredictable patient.

His mother said: "My son is terrified. He has been hit and attacked. He was scratched and gouged on his shoulder and arm in one recent attack. I'm so afraid of this man, I have been terrified to visit my own son.

"Something has to be done."

The patient attacked two frail and elderly women at Lennox Castle psychiatric unit in Stirlingshire.

He bit the ears of both women, swallowing the lobe of one and spitting out that of the other.

One staff member said: "Staff feel very strongly that this unit is not the place for this patient.

"What he did reminded us of the films about the cannibal Hannibal Lecter. There was no reason for it. He just bit the women's ears. It was disgusting."

But when he was moved to Overtown Court, patients who moved with him and their families were not warned of his past behaviour.

Greater Glasgow Primary Care Trust said last night steps were being taken to resolve the situation.

A spokeswoman for Greater Glasgow Primary Care Trust said: "The Vacca family have raised concerns, and action is being taken to address them.

"It would be inappropriate to discuss detailed arrangements, but we are confident that the situation will be resolved."
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