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20050316: British Cannibal gets life London Serial Killer News
A convicted killer with "a desire to cannibalise his victims" has been jailed for the "rest of his natural life" after admitting killing two men.

Peter Bryan, 34, was arrested as he was eating part of one man, Brian Cherry, 43, at Mr Cherry's London flat.

He went on to kill Richard Loudwell, 59, at Broadmoor special hospital in April last year, while on remand.

Bryan pleaded guilty on Tuesday at the Old Bailey to two manslaughters on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Judge Giles Forrester said: "You killed on these last two occasions because it gave you a thrill and a feeling of power when you ate flesh.

Hammer killing

"The violence on each occasion was extreme and unpredictable, accompanied by bizarre and sexual overtones."

Judge Forrester said the protection of the public was the most important factor and that life would mean life.

In a statement released after the sentencing Mr Cherry's family called for the death penalty to be reinstated for such crimes.

The prosecution accepted not guilty pleas to murder charges because of the weight of psychiatric evidence.

Bryan was sent to a secure hospital after admitting beating 20-year-old shop assistant Nisha Sheth to death with a hammer as she worked in her family's clothes shop in Chelsea, south-west London, in 1993.

But he was freed in 2001 after applying to a health review tribunal.

He was allowed to live as a care in the community out-patient but went back to Topaz ward a week before he killed again.

It was in February 2004 that he walked out of the mental health unit in Newham, east London, and killed his friend Brian Cherry.

Police were called after neighbours heard screams and weapons, including a hammer, were found strewn around the flat.

'Uniquely dangerous'

Bryan was remanded to Broadmoor special hospital after appearing in court over Mr Cherry's death.

Last April he attacked fellow patient Richard Loudwell, 59, who had admitted the manslaughter of 89-year-old Joan Smyth at her home in Rainham, Kent, in December 2002.

Aftab Jafferjee, prosecuting, said: "The case reveals a chilling insight into the mind of a man who has literally developed an appetite for killing.

"The circumstances of this defendant's offending, the inability of experts to detect when he is at his most dangerous, and his settled desire to cannibalise his victims all combine to make him uniquely dangerous."

A spokesman for the East London and City Mental Health Trust said it had launched an independent inquiry into its treatment of Bryan.

 

20050315: Cannibal was released to kill twice London Serial Killer News
Peter Bryan was released from secure hospitals to kill again and again.

Officers labelled Bryan "the cannibal" after they found him frying some of Brian Cherry's organs.

The mental patient, who suffered paranoid schizophrenia and a personality disorder, told police after his arrest: "I would have done someone else if you hadn't come along. I wanted their souls."

After walking out of a mental health unit in Newham, east London, Bryan had gone to visit his friend Brian Cherry - there he cut him up with a Stanley knife.

Mr Cherry's niece Emma, 20, of Falkirk, Stirlingshire, said: "I just can't believe anyone could do this to Brian.

"He was my favourite uncle and a totally kind and gentle man. He would never have hurt a flea.

"It's like something out of a horror film.

Bryan was a convicted killer who had beaten 20-year-old shop assistant Nisha Sheth to death with a hammer as she worked in her family's clothes shop in Chelsea, south-west London, in 1993.

He was sent to Rampton secure hospital in 1994 but was freed in 2001 after applying to a health review tribunal.

Health deterioration

The Home Office is thought to have objected but was overruled and Bryan was released into the care of a psychiatric social worker and psychiatrist.

After a spell in a local east London hospital, he was allowed to live as a care in the community out-patient.

But his health deteriorated and he went to Topaz ward a week before the killing.

As a voluntary patient, Bryan was allowed to leave the locked ward after being there a few days.

After appearing in court for Mr Cherry's killing, Bryan was remanded to Broadmoor special hospital.

But in April last year, he attacked fellow patient Richard Loudwell, 59, formerly of Gillingham, Kent.

Independent inquiry

Nisha Sheth's parents have criticised authorities for letting Bryan out of a secure hospital.

Mrs Rashmi said: "It is terrible. He shouldn't be out. He shouldn't even be alive. We are paying taxes to keep him alive.

"This brings back all the memories. It reopens the whole story and we are a family who are just trying to get on with our lives."

A review by the East London and The City Mental Health NHS Trust in the immediate aftermath of Mr Cherry's death resulted in the trust "enhancing its specialist community-based forensic teams to strengthen local mental health services".

It has also launched an inquiry which will be conducted by three independent panels.

Sheila Foley, chief executive of the trust, said: "I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Mr Cherry and all those affected by this case.

"The issues raised in this highly unusual case will be the subject of an independent inquiry but I would like to give my personal assurance that the trust is doing and will continue to do everything in its power to improve the services we provide to local people."

 

20050316: British Cannibal gets life London Serial Killer News
A convicted killer with "a desire to cannibalise his victims" has been jailed for the "rest of his natural life" after admitting killing two men.

Peter Bryan, 34, was arrested as he was eating part of one man, Brian Cherry, 43, at Mr Cherry's London flat.

He went on to kill Richard Loudwell, 59, at Broadmoor special hospital in April last year, while on remand.

Bryan pleaded guilty on Tuesday at the Old Bailey to two manslaughters on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Judge Giles Forrester said: "You killed on these last two occasions because it gave you a thrill and a feeling of power when you ate flesh.

Hammer killing

"The violence on each occasion was extreme and unpredictable, accompanied by bizarre and sexual overtones."

Judge Forrester said the protection of the public was the most important factor and that life would mean life.

In a statement released after the sentencing Mr Cherry's family called for the death penalty to be reinstated for such crimes.

The prosecution accepted not guilty pleas to murder charges because of the weight of psychiatric evidence.

Bryan was sent to a secure hospital after admitting beating 20-year-old shop assistant Nisha Sheth to death with a hammer as she worked in her family's clothes shop in Chelsea, south-west London, in 1993.

But he was freed in 2001 after applying to a health review tribunal.

He was allowed to live as a care in the community out-patient but went back to Topaz ward a week before he killed again.

It was in February 2004 that he walked out of the mental health unit in Newham, east London, and killed his friend Brian Cherry.

Police were called after neighbours heard screams and weapons, including a hammer, were found strewn around the flat.

'Uniquely dangerous'

Bryan was remanded to Broadmoor special hospital after appearing in court over Mr Cherry's death.

Last April he attacked fellow patient Richard Loudwell, 59, who had admitted the manslaughter of 89-year-old Joan Smyth at her home in Rainham, Kent, in December 2002.

Aftab Jafferjee, prosecuting, said: "The case reveals a chilling insight into the mind of a man who has literally developed an appetite for killing.

"The circumstances of this defendant's offending, the inability of experts to detect when he is at his most dangerous, and his settled desire to cannibalise his victims all combine to make him uniquely dangerous."

A spokesman for the East London and City Mental Health Trust said it had launched an independent inquiry into its treatment of Bryan.

 

20050315: Cannibal was released to kill twice London Serial Killer News
Peter Bryan was released from secure hospitals to kill again and again.

Officers labelled Bryan "the cannibal" after they found him frying some of Brian Cherry's organs.

The mental patient, who suffered paranoid schizophrenia and a personality disorder, told police after his arrest: "I would have done someone else if you hadn't come along. I wanted their souls."

After walking out of a mental health unit in Newham, east London, Bryan had gone to visit his friend Brian Cherry - there he cut him up with a Stanley knife.

Mr Cherry's niece Emma, 20, of Falkirk, Stirlingshire, said: "I just can't believe anyone could do this to Brian.

"He was my favourite uncle and a totally kind and gentle man. He would never have hurt a flea.

"It's like something out of a horror film.

Bryan was a convicted killer who had beaten 20-year-old shop assistant Nisha Sheth to death with a hammer as she worked in her family's clothes shop in Chelsea, south-west London, in 1993.

He was sent to Rampton secure hospital in 1994 but was freed in 2001 after applying to a health review tribunal.

Health deterioration

The Home Office is thought to have objected but was overruled and Bryan was released into the care of a psychiatric social worker and psychiatrist.

After a spell in a local east London hospital, he was allowed to live as a care in the community out-patient.

But his health deteriorated and he went to Topaz ward a week before the killing.

As a voluntary patient, Bryan was allowed to leave the locked ward after being there a few days.

After appearing in court for Mr Cherry's killing, Bryan was remanded to Broadmoor special hospital.

But in April last year, he attacked fellow patient Richard Loudwell, 59, formerly of Gillingham, Kent.

Independent inquiry

Nisha Sheth's parents have criticised authorities for letting Bryan out of a secure hospital.

Mrs Rashmi said: "It is terrible. He shouldn't be out. He shouldn't even be alive. We are paying taxes to keep him alive.

"This brings back all the memories. It reopens the whole story and we are a family who are just trying to get on with our lives."

A review by the East London and The City Mental Health NHS Trust in the immediate aftermath of Mr Cherry's death resulted in the trust "enhancing its specialist community-based forensic teams to strengthen local mental health services".

It has also launched an inquiry which will be conducted by three independent panels.

Sheila Foley, chief executive of the trust, said: "I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Mr Cherry and all those affected by this case.

"The issues raised in this highly unusual case will be the subject of an independent inquiry but I would like to give my personal assurance that the trust is doing and will continue to do everything in its power to improve the services we provide to local people."

 


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