“Monster” Valdo Calocane pronounced “not too lenient”

A mentally ill man who allegedly attacked two people in Kegworth before going on a killing spree in Nottingham will not have his sentence changed, the Court of Appeal has ruled. In June last year, Valdo Calocane fatally stabbed two 19-year-old students before killing a 65-year-old man, stealing his van and plowing it into pedestrians in Nottingham.

Just weeks earlier, he was reported to Leicestershire Police to have attacked two work colleagues in Kegworth. But he fled before police arrived and no further action was taken, leading to criticism of the force.

He was tried and given an indefinite hospital order for the Nottingham attacks. Barnaby Webber’s relatives Grace O’Malley-Kumar and Ian Coates said they were “facing their own life sentence” to ensure Calocane was never released after the Court of Appeal ruled his sentence was not unreasonably gentle.

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The families want a public inquiry into the Nottingham attacks, with Mr Webber’s mother claiming Calocane should become “the next Ian Brady and Fred West” without ever being released from custody. Three senior judges ruled today (Tuesday) that Calocane’s indefinite hospital order was “arguably not unduly lenient”, saying the court could not ignore medical evidence relating to Calocane’s paranoid schizophrenia.

Ian Coates, Barnaby Webber and Grace O’Malley-Kumar were killed by Valdo Calocane in Nottingham last June(Image: PA Media)

The Attorney General referred the sentence to the Court of Appeal in February, with lawyers arguing that Calocane, 32, should have been given a “hybrid” order, where he would be treated in hospital before serving the rest of his sentence in custody.

Speaking after the verdict, Mr Webber’s mother Emma Webber said: “Today’s decision comes as no surprise to the families of the victims of the Nottingham attack. It was inevitable and was not a review of anything other than the letter of the law as it stands.

“Despite the fact that the Attorney General herself believes that Valdo Calocane did not receive an appropriate sentence, today’s result demonstrates how flawed and under-resourced the UK criminal justice system is. It also illustrates the need for urgent reforms to UK homicide law.