Criminal illegal (mostly Muslim) immigrants, including killers, are blocking British mental hospital beds because laws prevent them being released into the community or deported, the Appeal Court has heard.
UK Telegraph (NoMuslimaSlave) Dr Mark Swinton, a leading forensic psychiatrist, said illegal immigrants like Imtiaz Ahmed, a patient with schizophrenia who strangled his landlady six years ago, could block hospital beds indefinitely. It has “proved very difficult” to discharge mentally ill patients who were not entitled to be in the UK, he warned, as they were not legally entitled to any post-release support in the community.
Dr Swinton, who has worked on high-profile cases including that of Cumbrian gunman Derrick Bird, urged the Appeal Court judges to make an order which would see Ahmed returned to prison – from where he could be deported – once his mental illness has been effectively treated. But the three judges ruled they could not allow flaws in the system to influence their decision and ordered his release to be decided by medical professionals.
Lord Justice Elias said he accepted Dr Swinton’s comments regarding the difficulties around Ahmed’s discharge, which could see him remain in a hospital bed and may be “damaging to the appellant and to the wider public”. He added: “If Dr Swinton is right about this – and we have no reason to suppose he is not – it is indeed a most unhappy state of affairs and the authorities must look at it speedily. “But we cannot allow it to play a part in deciding the proper disposal in this case.”
The court heard Ahmed, now 25, was lodging with Ms Hullah and her partner at their home in Galsworthy Avenue, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, when he killed her in front of her 15-month-old son in December 2006. He had been allowed to stay at his victim’s house as an act of kindness because her partner, Muhammed Farhan Akhter, was asked to look after him by relatives in Pakistan.
However, Ahmed was so ill that he was found unfit to enter a plea and it was not until July 2011 that he admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. He was handed imprisonment for public protection and ordered to serve at least five years and three months behind bars, although that minimum term was later cut to three years and three months on appeal.
The court heard medical experts were of the view he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the killing and therefore his responsibility was significantly diminished. By the time he was finally jailed in 2011, he had already served 15 months in custody on remand and three-and-a-half years in a secure hospital.
The Appeal Court overturned Ahmed’s indefinite jail term and replaced it with a hospital order so that his release date will be fixed by clinicians rather than the Parole Board. Sitting with Mr Justice Field and Judge Paul Batty QC, Lord Justice Elias went on: “We think that, in light of the circumstances, we do not feel it appropriate to impose a prison sentence as a form of punishment.
“Even less would it be appropriate to impose imprisonment for public protection, when it seems to us that, given the incident was caused by his mental disorder, there is no justification for detaining him once the medical authorities determine he can be released.
“This is a decision which, in our view, should be left to the medical authorities, rather than the Parole Board.” A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “We work closely with health professionals and the UK Border Agency to secure the removal of dangerous foreign national offenders who have mental disorders. “Where removal is not currently an option, we hold them securely to ensure the public are protected.