Stran­gled and sex­u­ally as­saulted teacher, 23

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By COLIN HURST [email protected]­

A MEN­TALLY ill man told NHS staff he had ‘vi­o­lent fan­tasies of mur­der­ing women and rap­ing them’ be­fore he killed and sex­u­ally as­saulted a young teacher.

Carl Langdell, 26, stran­gled 23-year-old Katie Locke at Theobolds Park Ho­tel in Waltham Cross, Hert­ford­shire, dur­ing their first date on Christ­mas Eve 2015.

He was jailed for 26 years in June 2016 after ad­mit­ting her mur­der.


The pair had met on dat­ing web­site Plenty of Fish.

An in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion or­dered by NHS Eng­land re­vealed Langdell had been treated by Avon and Wilt­shire Men­tal Health Part­ner­ship Trust ear­lier in 2015.

Langdell, who had a his­tory of men­tal ill­ness, had ad­mit­ted hav­ing “vi­o­lent fan­tasies of mur­der­ing women and rap­ing them” to staff, it found.

But when Langdell moved to Hert­ford­shire, this in­for­ma­tion was not shared with the men­tal health team there.

And NHS Eng­land’s re­gional med­i­cal di­rec­tor Dr David Levy said: “This cre­ated a gap at the heart of care plan­ning and risk as­sess­ment and neg­a­tively im­pacted in­ter-agency work­ing.”

The in­de­pen­dent re­view, which was pub­lished yes­ter­day, said the in­ci­dent could not have been pre­dicted with any de­gree of cer­tainty that would have made it pos­si­ble to pre­vent.


But it found there had been ‘sys­temic missed op­por­tu­ni­ties’ to as­sess the risk Langdell posed.

He was di­ag­nosed as hav­ing an emo­tion­ally un­sta­ble per­son­al­ity dis­or­der and the re­port said his be­hav­iour was ‘highly volatile’, but he was in­tel­li­gent and could be very en­gag­ing.

The re­port said dur­ing his treat­ment Langdell dis­closed ‘vi­o­lent fan­tasies of mur­der­ing women and rap­ing them’.

At the time of Ms Locke’s death, Langdell was un­der su­per­vi­sion of the pro­ba­tion ser­vice for threat­en­ing to kill a com­mu­nity psy­chi­atric nurse.

Langdell was fully com­pli­ant with his sen­tence and he had no other pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions.

The re­port told the Hert­ford­shire trust to im­prove its risk as­sess­ment and man­age­ment; im­prove its com­mu­ni­ca­tion with other agen­cies; re­view the men­tal health treat­ment re­quire­ment train­ing; and im­prove its dis­charge process.

MEN­TAL ILL­NESS: Langdell had vi­o­lent fan­tasies

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