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Vadlo Calocane admitted the manslaughter of Barnaby Webber, Grace O’Malley-Kumar and Ian Coates (Picture: PA)

A man who stabbed stabbed three people to death and tried to murder three others in Nottingham has been jailed in a high security hospital ‘probably for the rest of his life’.

Vadlo Calocane, 32, admitted the manslaughter of Barnaby Webber, Grace O’Malley-Kumar and Ian Coates on June 13.

His barrister Peter Joyce KC said Calocane does not deny the physical facts but was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time.

Students Barnaby and Grace were stabbed to death in Ileston Road shortly after 4am.

Ian was found dead later in Magdala Road after his van was stolen.

The van was then driven at three pedestrians in Milton Street and Upper Parliament Street, in the city centre.

Judge Mr Justice Tanner said Calocane will ‘very probably’ be detained in a high security hospital for the rest of his life.

He said: ‘You committed a series of atrocities in this city which ended the lives of three innocent people. You went on to attack three more, fully intending but failing to kill them too.’

Mr Coates’s son James said he feels ‘hatred’ towards his father’s killer.

Barnaby Webber was killed along with Grace Kumar and Ian Coates (Picture: PA)
Photo issued by Southgate Hockey Club of Grace O’Malley-Kumar (Picture: PA)
School caretaker Ian Coates (Picture: PA)

He said: ‘He is, to me, the most evil person on this planet. He went out and brutally massacred three people and then attempted to kill another three, but luckily he was caught.’

Lee Coates, another of the school caretaker’s sons, said he was ‘super angry’ but trying to stay composed as Calocane’s sentencing continues for a third day.

He described his actions as ‘calculated and premeditated’, adding: ‘He has to spend his life behind bars, otherwise we have been let down once again by this country and this judicial system.’

The family of Barnaby, a history student from Taunton in Somerset, described their ‘complete devastation’ at the ‘senseless murder of our son’, saying he was a ‘beautiful, brilliant, bright young man, with everything in life to look forward to’.

Grace’s family described her as a ‘truly wonderful and beautiful young lady’ and that she would be ‘so dearly missed’.

People at a vigil at St Peter’s church in Nottingham (Picture: PA)

Assistant Chief Constable Rob Griffin, who led the overall policing response to the incidents, said in a statement released by Nottinghamshire Police that the force had engaged with Calocane on a number of occasions between 2020 and 2022, mostly when supporting NHS staff.

In September 2021, police were requested to help section Calocane under the Mental Health Act and transported him to Highbury Hospital. During the incident, the defendant assaulted an officer.

In August 2022, Calocane was reported for summons and was due to attend court in September for that assault, but failed to appear and a warrant for his arrest was issued.

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