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Cannibal gets life for killings
Peter Bryan
Peter Bryan was described as 'uniquely dangerous'
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.

The case reveals a chilling insight into the mind of a man who has literally developed an appetite for killing
Prosecutor Aftab Jafferjee

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.

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