Man de­tained for stab­bing woman to death at home

Para­noid schiz­o­phrenic ad­mits killing 50-year-old woman at shared ac­com­mo­da­tion

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Alexander Ballinger alexander.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­

A 23-YEAR-OLD from Uxbridge has been de­tained un­der the Men­tal Health Act for stab­bing a woman to death at their ac­com­mo­da­tion in Novem­ber 2015.

Em­manuel Willems stabbed 50-year-old Bianca Shep­herd to death at their shared ac­com­mo­da­tion, in Ivy­bridge Close, Uxbridge, on Novem­ber 10 be­fore flee­ing to a fam­ily mem­ber’s home.

Willems, of Ivy­bridge Close, told the fam­ily mem­ber what he had done the fol­low­ing day and, un­sure if he was telling the truth, they called Willems’ care work­ers.

The care work­ers vis­ited Willems’ ad­dress where they found Ms Shep­herd’s body.

Willems suf­fers from para­noid schizophre­nia.

A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion found Ms Shep­herd had suf­fered mul­ti­ple stab wounds.

After he was ar­rested, Willems, in a po­lice in­ter­view, de­nied killing her but even­tu­ally ad­mit­ted the crime while un­der­go­ing psy­chi­atric as­sess­ment, after he had been charged with mur­der on Novem­ber 12.

He pleaded not guilty to mur­der, but his plea to the man­slaugh­ter on grounds of di­min­ished re­spon­si­bil­ity was ac­cepted at a court hear­ing on De­cem­ber 19 last year.

Willems was sen­tenced on Fri­day Jan­uary 13 at the Old Bai­ley and was de­tained un­der Sec­tion 37 of the Men­tal Health Act 1983 with a re­stric­tion in place un­der Sec­tion 41.

KILLER: Em­manuel Willems

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