Paranoid patient killed father

AN INVESTIGATION into the workings of a health trust is to be launched after a paranoid schizophrenic patient killed his father after being let out of mental hospital. Omar Parada Blanco, 31, a patient Park Royal Centre (PRC) in Harlesden, bludgeoned E

AN INVESTIGATION into the workings of a health trust is to be launched after a paranoid schizophrenic patient killed his father after being let out of mental hospital.

Omar Parada Blanco, 31, a patient Park Royal Centre (PRC) in Harlesden, bludgeoned Enrique Parada Castro to death in January 2008.

He hit the 58-year-old so hard in the face that paramedics had initially believed he had been shot.

On Monday he was detained indefinitely at Broadmoor maximum security hospital under the Mental Health Act after he admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.


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The Old Bailey heard Blanco had been admitted to hospital with mental health problems 11 times since 1998 and also had a history of attacking his father.

He was admitted to the PRC in November 2007 after lashing out at 'voices' coming from the television.

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After more than a month in hospital Blanco returned home for Christmas Day 2007, and was then let out on a week's trial leave on December 28.

After a New Year trip to Cambridge in which he behaved erratically, Blanco and his father returned to the family home in Kingsbury.

But he had armed himself with a hammer from his own flat in Cricklewood in order to attack his father.

Blanco's sister Victoria discovered her father's body on January 7.

Sentencing Blanco, Judge Stephen Kramer QC, said: "Having regard to the nature of the offence, the risk you pose to your family and the risk you pose to members of the public I consider you are a substantial risk of danger.

"Your illness of a nature and degree making it appropriate that you be detained in hospital for treatment in conditions of high security."

After the sentencing, Victoria Parada Blanco slammed medics claiming they failed her brother and her family.

She said: "I think their behaviour in the past has been awful and I think they need to sort out their hospital because they are an absolute disgrace.

"He had been neglected; he had not been treated or seen as an individual. I think he was classed as a paranoid schizophrenic and he fell in with another bunch of people.

"He was not seen as an individual."

A spokeswoman for Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust who manage PRC said: "The Trust wishes to extend condolences to the Blanco family who have suffered such a tragedy. While we have taken measures internally to respond to the issues raised by this case we will collaborate fully with the independent external review to be established. This will ensure that we learn all possible lessons. We would be happy to meet members of the family to talk about any concerns they have and can assure them we will do our best to address them.

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