By Connie Osborne Thursday 10 October 2013 Updated: 11/10 09:52
AN INQUIRY has been launched into why a former HMP Hewell prisoner was freed without supervision before killing a Midlands girl.
Phillip Simelane, who spent time in the Tardebigge prison up until 2012, was convicted of stabbing schoolgirl Christina Edkins while she travelled on a bus in Edgbaston, Birmingham.
The 23-year-old, of no fixed address, was detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act after admitting manslaughter with diminished responsibility at a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court.
During the case the court heard how Simelane had received psychiatric assessments by Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust while staying at the prison and HMP Birmingham, and concerns were raised about releasing him back into the community.
But he was let out in December last year - just three months before the attack- without supervision or mental health support.
A review into Simelane's treatment has now been launched by the Trust on behalf of all the parties involved in his care.
In a statement the Trust said there were 'lessons to be learned'.
"We would like to offer our sincere condolences to Christina’s family for what was an unprovoked attack on an innocent member of the public.
"Phillip Simelane had previously been in receipt of care from a number of healthcare providers over a period of years. Our Trust’s involvement was in the form of prison-based mental health assessments during a prison term for an unrelated offence in 2012.
"What is clear, is that there are lessons to be learned for us and others involved in the care of Phillip Simelane to prevent such a tragedy happening again in the future.
"As a Trust we are currently leading an external review, commissioned by Birmingham Cross City Clinical Commissioning Group, on behalf of all the parties involved and intend to report on our findings in December 2013.
"We would not want to speculate on the outcome of this review, but we are clear that this will be an externally reviewed, thorough investigation and we will seek to learn from and fully implement these findings across the healthcare providers involved."
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