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Man detained over student's death
Camille Remy
Miss Remy had been in London for two months when she was killed
A man with schizophrenia who stabbed a pregnant student to death is to be detained in a secure unit indefinitely.

Mohamed Osman, 31, repeatedly stabbed Camille Remy, 21, in the chest with a 9in kitchen knife at the Metropolitan Hotel, east London, in December 2006.

The Old Bailey heard Osman was housed near Miss Remy by Newham Council, despite that area of the hostel being designated for students.

Osman admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Screams heard

Judge Stephen Kramer gave Osman an indefinite hospital order at Broadmoor, and said: "You killed a much-loved daughter, sister and friend."

The court heard Osman had repeatedly evaded the attentions of police and psychiatric services before killing the French student.

Prosecutor Alex Lewis said he was placed in room 401 of the hostel three weeks before he attacked Miss Remy in her flat - number 407.

Hearing screams two students found Osman pulling Miss Remy, who was covered in blood, towards him as she tried to pull away.

If this man is not responsible for his actions then the people who placed him there are responsible
Mirelle Cluzeaud

After collapsing she was taken to hospital but had been stabbed in the lung and heart and bled to death.

Osman was arrested in his flat where police found a number of kitchen knives.

The court heard he had been discharged by a mental health tribunal from St Anne's psychiatric hospital in Tottenham, north London, in 2006, against the wishes of doctors.

Dr Michael Isaac, a psychiatrist, said: "His potential future dangerousness is very high.

"This is a man who nursed paranoid delusions and was prepared to act as he saw it to defend himself against, or if not to get back in some way at what he saw as, his persecutors."

Life-long dream

In a victim impact statement Miss Remy's mother, Mirelle Cluzeaud, said she still had nightmares about coming to London to collect her daughter's body to take it back to France.

She said her daughter had inherited a love of English culture from her father, who died from cancer in 1998, but had always dreamed of coming to England.

Blaming the authorities for the death she said: "If this man is not responsible for his actions then the people who placed him there are responsible."

After the hearing a police spokeswoman confirmed a public inquiry into the actions of mental health authorities would be held later this year.

East London and City Mental Health Trust will also conduct an internal review of the case.

The judge recommended the Somalian national be deported should he ever be released.




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