10 November 2014 - UK cannibalism case
IPCC to examine post-prison monitoring of cannibalistic murderer
Press Association (The Guardian)
The Ministry of Justice is to investigate whether a man reported to have murdered a woman in an act of cannibalism was properly managed after his release from prison.
Cerys Yemm, 22, died from her injuries at Sirhowy Arms hotel, a homeless hostel in Argoed, Blackwood, south Wales, in the early hours of Thursday.
Her attacker, Matthew Williams, 34 – who had recently been let out of jail – also died at the scene shortly after police Tasered and arrested him.
South Wales police has launched a murder inquiry and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will also investigate the incident.
On Sunday, a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice confirmed a serious further offence review would take place to see if lessons can be learned from the case.
Press Association (The Guardian)
The mother of a man believed to have murdered a woman in an act of cannibalism has said her son “should have been in hospital”.
“He would see things that were not there, he would hear voices, say food was trying to poison him and he would hallucinate. He was aggressive to people he thought were a threat to him,” she told the broadcaster.
“He should have been in hospital. Every time he came out of prison, we’d go through the same process. He’d be placed in a hostel somewhere with very little supervision and no psychiatric help outside.”
She added that the last time she saw him was the day before the attack, when he was “troubled but not desperate”, and they had arranged to meet the next day.
Staff (Herald Scotland)
The grisly murder of a woman in a reported act of cannibalism which saw her alleged killer die after being Tasered by police has left villagers stunned.
Officers were called to a homeless hostel in Argoed, south Wales, to deal with reports of a man, named locally as Matthew Williams, carrying out a horrific attack on a woman early this morning.
It resulted in police firing a 50,000-volt Taser at their 34-year-old suspect before restraining him.
A 22-year-old woman died from her injuries at the scene.
Gwent Police are treating the woman's death as murder and are not looking for anyone else.
But while the force has refused to comment on the specifics of the incident, sources confirmed she had received substantial facial injuries.
Adam Withnall (The Independent)
Williams had been halfway through a five-year jail sentence for an assault on a former girlfriend when he was released from prison two weeks ago. Police said they are now treating Ms Yemm’s death as murder and that they were not looking for anyone else as part of their investigation.
Welsh Assembly member William Graham said the case was “the stuff of nightmares” and led calls for an “urgent” wider inquiry into Williams’ release.
He said: “It is now clear that Mr Williams posed a risk to the public and I am extremely concerned that monitoring appears to have been deemed unnecessary.”
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