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Killer in disputes with Lance before attack

28 April, 2017

Lance Scott Walker

A SCHIZOPHRENIA sufferer has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of a Holloway teenager on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Idris Hassan, 18, from Hayes, west London, admitted killing 18-year-old Lance Scott Walker, at the Old Bailey on Monday.

Lance, was attacked in Hayes in August last year. He was found shirtless and bleeding on the pavement in residential Gledwood Gardens, where he had been placed in accommodation for youngsters in care along with Hassan. Despite the efforts of paramedics, he died at the scene.

The circumstances of Lance’s death are the subject of two reviews by Ealing Adult Safeguarding Board and the West London Mental Health NHS Trust, which had contact with Hassan prior to the killing.

The court heard that Hassan had been involved in a number of disputes with Lance. On Monday, he was sentenced to a hospital order under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act 1983 with a restriction under Section 41 of the same act.

Islington is to provide an “independ­ent management report” to the Ealing review which will focus on the com­missioning of the place­ment and subsequent involvement with Lance.

An Islington Council spokesman said: “All looked-after young people are placed in Islington when possible. There are occasions when we use placements outside Islington, depending on availability and the needs of the young person.”

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