Transfer of double murder lifer from prison estate to secure hospital

31.05.18 | |

S was transferred to Rampton Secure Hospital pursuant to sections 47 and 49, Mental Health Act 1983. S’s transfer came after public law proceedings initiated against the Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty’s Prison Service. Early proceedings entailed an out-of-hours application, an emergency hearing, and heads of claim framed in judicial review. The proceedings started in August 2015 and concluded, with the agreement of the admitting hospital, in May 2018. Initially all three secure hospitals in England declined, in principle, to consider admitting S on grounds that S was too dangerous to be safely contained in what is primarily a therapeutic environment.  


Rampton Secure Hospital provides services for men suffering from mental illness and personality disorders.  


In June 2009 S was sentenced to life, minimum tariff of forty years, for the murders of French students Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez. 

In August 2015 Joe Stone Q.C. and Abigail Bright successfully defended S after trial: S was acquitted of two serious charges of assault on prison officers at HMP Wakefield.


Abigail Bright was instructed in by Rikki Garg, Scott-Moncrieff & Associates Ltd., between August 2015 and May 2018. Working to the constraints of a civil legal aid order, Abigail and Rikki secured the expert opinion of Professor Don Grubin, Emeritus Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at Newcastle University, (hon.) consultant forensic psychiatrist at the Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust.  


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