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Sex killer inquiry is dismissed
Anthony Hardy
Hardy was released from hospital as doctors said he posed no threat
The High Court has upheld a decision not to hold a public inquiry into how a serial killer in north London was released from a psychiatric hospital.

Anthony Hardy, of Camden, was jailed in November 2003 after admitting killing Sally White, Elizabeth Valad and Bridgette MacClennan.

Ms Valad's family were seeking a judicial review into how he was freed.

Friday's ruling sparked an outburst from Tina Harvey, 40, from Northampton, who claims Hardy raped her.

Private investigation

She said she had been refused legal aid to challenge a decision not to prosecute Hardy for allegedly raping her just weeks before he killed two of his victims.

Ms Harvey interrupted the judgment, being given by Mr Justice Bennett, and shouted: "This case is about a Camden Ripper dead victim, but I am a living victim and not getting justice in your courts."

She said: "He attacked me in the same way as he attacked his murder victims - choking me, suffocating me so that I could not breathe while he sexually assaulted me."

Last June the Health Secretary decided not to hold a public inquiry but leave the probe into how Hardy was left free to kill to a private investigation set up by the North Central London Strategic Health Authority.

The judge ruled the Health Secretary had been entitled to conclude that the health authority inquiry, together with an inquest which was still to be held, would be sufficient to satisfy the family's human rights.

Natural causes

Hardy was released from St Luke's Hospital, London, in November 2002 after doctors said he posed no danger to the public.

But by then, he had already murdered his first victim. Sally White's body was discovered at Hardy's flat in January 2002 but her death was put down to natural causes.

One month after his release from hospital he lured Miss MacClennan and Miss Valad to his flat and murdered them.

He was arrested after their dismembered remains were found in bin bags near his home.

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