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Family wants full truth.

THE family of a schoolgirl raped at knifepoint by an "exceptionally dangerous" psychiatric unit escapee yesterday demanded the full truth about how she came to be attacked.

The father of the 14-year-old girl, who was raped by 21-year-old Darren Harkin after he absconded from the low-security Hayes Hospital, near Bristol, wants answers about the circumstances of the escape.

The anguish of the girl's family was revealed as new figures were released showing more than 100 patients escaped from low and medium secure psychiatric units and escorting staff in England and Wales last year.

The father said his daughter, who was attacked in Chepstow, South Wales, after Harkin's escape in February, has coped by "blocking out" her ordeal.

Harkin, who suffers from autistic spectrum disorder and schizophrenia, was yesterday made the subject of a hospital order under the Mental Health Act and detained indefinitely at maximum security Broadmoor Hospital.

Following a hearing at Reading Crown Court he admitted to charges of escape from lawful custody, burglary and two counts of rape .

At least 116 patients in medium and low-secure units in England and Wales escaped last year from the institutions or from their escorting staff. Four remain at large.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 10, 2008
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