The daughter of an elderly dog-walker who was murdered by a former commando has said her family were failed by mental health professionals.
Indeed they were. They weren’t the only ones.
Police were initially unaware of Palmer but he was caught when a psychologist, who treated him after the assault, said he was the culprit after he had written in notebooks that he wanted to kill strangers.
When I first read this, I thought ‘the assault’ referred to the attack, and assumed it was just clumsy wording. But then I read on…
The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust also said it co-operated fully with officers during the investigation.
A spokeswoman confirmed “that staff did, on more than one occasion, liaise closely with other organisations including the police to raise concerns.
“Staff acted appropriately at all times with full and proper consideration to the safety of Mr Palmer as well as to the safety of others.”
‘Appropriate’. The modern wording meaning ‘I did the barest minimum/followed all standing instructions so you can’t touch me’.
It said a full investigation was likely to happen after what they described as “an extreme and rare situation”.
It’ll be a whitewash. It always is.
Despite thanking the police and locals for their help, Mrs Todd said the family were left angry that the murder was allowed to happen.
She continued: “The revelations of the evidence relating to the mental health of Alexander Palmer have shocked, astounded and angered us.
“Evidently an intelligent person, he was able to take himself off medication and get himself discharged from care.
“We feel this should not have happened and mental health professionals failed him, his family and our family.
“My mum, brother, myself and our children not only feel grief but anger, as we believe this crime could have been prevented.”
Not just one crime, though. Remember that reference to ‘the assault’?
Speaking after the case, Detective Superintendent Marina Ericson, of Norfolk Police, said: “We have heard that, in February 2014, he (Palmer) was assaulted whilst in the Army.
“Unfortunately, we believe that had a catastrophic effect on his mental health. He sustained serious injuries resulting from that and we have heard in court how his mental health had deteriorated since that time.
“We know that his colleagues who were out with him at the time assaulted him.”
If you know that, why have they not been arrested and charged? Are they not, technically, the instigators of this murder, every bit as much?