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The mother of a murder victim has described her “shock” to learn that her killer was transferred to a mental health hospital after “two hours” in jail.
Brian Healless, 18, murdered Alex Davies, also 18, in Parbold Hill, Lancashire, in 2019 after they agreed to meet up via the dating app Grindr.
In 2020 he was sentenced to prison for a minimum period of 24 years, but was transferred to the hospital on the day of the sentence.
The government has apologized for failing to “quickly” update Davies’ mother.
Healless, of Chorley, had openly told Mr. Davies, of Skelmersdale, that he was “not out yet” and suggested a “discreet place” halfway between their two houses for their first meeting.
He stabbed the teenager 128 times in the remote wooded area, dragged him through the mud while he was still alive, and covered his body with branches and leaves.
The psychiatrists who examined Healless agreed that he had paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the murder.
But the jurors rejected his defense that his responsibility for the murder was diminished by his mental state.
Chorley’s Healless also tried to set up similar outdoor gatherings with four other men on Grindr in the days after the murder.
The judge said it was “extremely fortuitous” that he was “arrested before anyone else suffered the same fate.”
She said she felt that “justice has not been done to a sadistic killer and a potential serial killer who should never be released into society.”
“I will never be a grandmother. I am the one who has to live with the events of the brutal murder of my son,” she said.
“It’s so dangerous. Why isn’t he in a high-security hospital?
“I have asked for a general impression of what life is like at the Guild Lodge, but there seems to be a barrier where the public cannot know what the conditions are like in a medium security hospital.”
Alex Chalk MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice
He was told in a letter from MP Alex Chalk, the parliamentary undersecretary of state for Justice, that officials had relied on evaluations from four independent psychiatrists, which confirmed that Healless continued to suffer from a mental disorder that required hospital treatment.
Chalk said the same-day transfer, which “was unusual, but by no means unprecedented,” was not a matter for the sentencing judge and “does not in any way subvert the life sentence he had handed down.”
He added that Healless was a “restricted patient” and the physicians treating him had assessed that a moderately safe facility was appropriate for him in relation to “his mental disorder and the risk it poses to others.”
A spokesperson for the Justice Ministry said: “We have heard Ms Davies’s concerns and we apologize for the fact that she was not immediately updated.
“Prisoners can be transferred for treatment in mental health hospitals, according to expert medical evaluations, but they will return to serving their prison terms once they are in a position to do so.”
Julian Hendy of the Hundred Families charity said he believed the judge’s decision to incarcerate Healless “has now been reversed, not by the court system in public hearing, but by doctors who decide in secret.”
“Surely there are serious questions about the decision to transfer him so quickly from prison to hospital, and whether justice has really been served.”