§ Mr. Evelyn King
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases in the last three years persons released from Broadmoor have been convicted of further legal offences within the three years of their release; and how many of these offences involved loss of life.
§ Mr. Carlisle
The following information relates to persons discharged to the community from Broadmoor Hospital during the period 1st December 1970 to 30th November 1973:
Patients subject to the special restrictions in section 65 of the Mental Health Act 1959 Number of patients discharged 74(a) Number of patients subsequently convicted in the United Kingdom of offences: Murder 1 Offences against Firearms Act 1968 1 Offences against Theft Act 1968 3 Offences against Road Traffic Acts 3 Other minor offences 3 Total 11(b) Number of offences involving loss of life 2(c)
(a) Seventy-three were discharged subject to conditions under section 66(2) of the Mental Health Act 1959; one was discharged under section 47 of the Act with the Home Secretary's consent.
(b) None was convicted on more than one occasion. One was sentenced to imprisonment for life; three received fixed terms of imprisonment; seven were dealt with by fines or conditional or absolute discharge.
(c) Two offences of murder by the administration of poison committed by one discharged patient.
Other patients Number of patients discharged 30 Number of patients subsequently convicted in the United Kingdom of offences: Manslaughter 1 Causing grievous bodily harm 1 Causing actual bodily harm 1 Assaulting the police 2 Indecent assault 1 Offences against the Theft Act 1968 2 Other minor offences 2 Total 10(a) Number of offences involving loss of life 1
(a) None was convicted on more than one occasion. One was sentenced to imprisonment for life; one was ordered to be detained in Broadmoor Hospital under section 60 of the Mental Health Act 1959; two were sentenced to fixed terms of imprisonment; and six were dealt with by fines, probation order, binding over or conditional discharge.