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Gillian Sharpe reports from the High Court
"The court heard Campbell was disturbed at the time of the killing"
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Prof Malcolm Hill, child welfare specialist
"In this case it appears the system did fail and more should have been done"
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BBC Scotland's Sandy Murray
"Glasgow City Council say no concern had been raised about the welfare of the mother's two children"
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Friday, 12 May, 2000, 10:46 GMT 11:46 UK
More tests for tower block mother
Flats in Dalmarnock
The tower block is in the east end of Glasgow
A mother who threw her six-year-old son to his death from the 14th floor of a tower block is to be held in a high security hospital for further psychiatric assessment.

Allison Campbell, 26, has already spent 12 weeks in the State Hospital at Carstairs after admitting killing her son Derek.

Campbell was originally charged with murdering her son but the Crown accepted her plea of guilty to the reduced charge of culpable homicide on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Derek and his nine-year-old brother had heard their mother shout "fire" from her bedroom during the early hours of 27 October last year at their flat in the Dalmarnock area of Glasgow.

Boy's plea

There was no fire but Campbell picked up Derek, who pleaded: "Mum don't do that" as she threw him over netting outside the balcony.

She was reported to be laughing at the time but when her son landed on the ground she began to cry.

View from a flat window
The boy fell 14 floors to his death
Police found two fires in the flat, one in Derek's mattress and the other in bedding in Campbell's room.

Campbell was subsequently seen by two psychiatrists who concluded that she was suffering from diminished responsibility at the time of the offence.

She had married in 1993 but her relationship with her husband broke up several years later. She also had a history of drink and drug abuse and suffered bouts of depression which resulted in medical treatment.

After Campbell's earlier appearance in the High Court in February, she was detained at Carstairs pending psychiatric assessment.

'Difficult and anxious'

But when she appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh on Friday, accompanied by a nurse from the State Hospital, a judge was told that the assessment was not yet complete.

Campbell's defence counsel, Donald Findlay QC, said: "It is truly a very difficult and anxious case. From her point of view I would wish the doctors to have every opportunity to come to a view."

Lord Nimmo Smith he would grant a motion to extend the interim hospital order on her for a further 28 days.

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