News from around the county Dad given 10 years for killing daugh­ter

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

A des­per­ate fa­ther who snapped and killed his teenage daugh­ter af­ter he was un­able to cope with her se­vere anx­i­ety prob­lems has been de­tained in hos­pi­tal un­der the Men­tal Health Act.

Richard Kray stran­gled 19-yearold Olivia and then tried to do the same to her mother Damyan­tee “Sheila” Cowan.

Judge Philip Stat­man made a “hy­brid” or­der, mean­ing the 64-year-old for­mer sol­dier will go to prison for 10 years, mi­nus the time spent be­ing treated in a psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal.

He would serve half be­fore be­ing re­leased on li­cence.

Maid­stone Crown Court heard af­ter both at­tacks Kray went to Herne Bay po­lice sta­tion and con­fessed.

Kray, a carer for autis­tic chil­dren in a spe­cial school, de­nied mur­der and his guilty plea to man­slaugh­ter by di­min­ished re­spon­si­bil­ity was ac­cepted. He also ad­mit­ted at­tempted mur­der.

Pros­e­cu­tor Si­mon Tay­lor said Kray had made ef­forts to help and care for his daugh­ter, who had a high level of anx­i­ety, in­volv­ing a “mixed per­son­al­ity dis­or­der and anx­i­ety avoid­ance and de­pen­dent traits” and an ob­ses­sive dis­or­der.

The court heard how her fa­ther, who was separated from Olivia’s mum, tried to get her the best treat­ment, but in the years lead­ing up to her death she would con­stantly text and phone him.

As Olivia be­came more de­mand­ing, his men­tal health de­te­ri­o­rated.

Af­ter stran­gling Olivia he went to Miss Cowan’s home. When she ar­rived, Kray grabbed her neck with both hands, but she be­gan to strug­gle and even­tu­ally broke free. She ran out the door and fled to the po­lice sta­tion.

Kray was sen­tenced to 10 years for man­slaugh­ter and eight years con­cur­rent for at­tempted mur­der.

Olivia Kray

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