PLENTY OF FISH KILLER WARNED MEDICS HE’D DO IT
Strangled and sexually assaulted teacher, 23
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