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Byline: Richard Stott

AFTER schizophrenic Christopher Clunis stabbed Jonathan Zito through the eye on a station platform it was discovered he had seen 43 psychiatrists but nothing was done. As usual the Department of Health said lessons would be learned, inquiries held, etc.

That was in 1992 - and by last year no fewer than 120 inquiries were on the go into dangerous and mentally ill people who had been released into the community. But the more lessons we learn the less we know. It beggars belief that Camden Ripper Anthony Hardy should have been freed from a mental hospital in spite of six warnings that he posed a "high risk of violence".

What's worse is that his release was ordered without the panel examining his case ever seeing the reports by psychiatrist Dr Ian Collis. Hardy was freed, apparently, because detaining him further would violate his human rights.

Within two months he murdered and dismembered two prostitutes. Prostitutes aren't strong on human rights. But not being murdered, cut up and dumped in a wheelie bin is surely one of them. Unless they are unfortunate enough to ply their trade in the Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care T`rust area.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 30, 2003
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