Paranoid schizophrenic admits stabbing to death a man in Neasden

Dean Palmer admitted manslaughter

Dean Palmer admitted manslaughter - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima

A paranoid schizophrenic who stabbed to death a man in Neasden after he failed to take his medication has been detained in a secure hospital indefinitely.

Dean Palmer, 28, killed 34-year-old Nigel Yon, in the halfway house they both lived in on the North Circular Road on March 16 the year.

The Old Bailey heard the shared accommodation was leased by Brent Council to house people with mental health issues.

However staff there failed ensure Palmer was taking his anti-psychotic medication.

He told police he had carried out the stabbing because he believed Mr Yon had been ‘bullying’ his family.

Today he admitted manslaughter and the judge made an indefinite detention order under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act along with a Section 41 restriction order.

This means only the Secretary of State can decide if he can be released from hospital subject to stringent conditions.

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The court heard Palmer grew up in Berkshire in a stable family and was diagnosed with mental health issues after he failed to complete his university course.

At the time of the killing he had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

Palmer had stopped taking his drugs three weeks before the killing after a doctor, not identified in court, failed to insist he should take any medication.

Mr Yon’s devastated parents hit out at those who they feel failed to protect their son.

His mother Win Yon said in a statement read in court: “Our lives have been destroyed, taken over by this grief and permanent sadness.

“This anger we feel is not directed towards Mr Palmer. We understand he was ill and didn’t understand fully what he did.

“Our anger is towards the mental health team we believe failed both Nigel and Dean, and us and his family.”