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Axe killing teenager is detained

Irene Roberton
Irene Roberton was found dead in her flat in Hull

A teenager who killed a Hull woman with an axe has been committed to hospital under the Mental Health Act.

Irene Roberton was found dead at her home in Euston Close, off Anlaby Road, on 28 December last year.

James Callaghan, 18, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Hull Crown Court heard psychiatric assessments concluded Callaghan was suffering from a severe mental illness, likely to be paranoid schizophrenia.

He can only be released with the approval of either the home secretary or an independent panel chaired by a judge.



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