Lucy Yates was stabbed 27 times whilst buying chocolate for her boyfriend at her local supermarket. Her mentalist attacker had simply decided that she should die, sadly these mentalists rarely do us all a favour and decide that they themselves should die.
A young woman has spoken for the first time of her amazing recovery after being stabbed 27 times in a supermarket aisle.
This is a remarkable story, and it was gratifying to know that not only is she on the mend, but that she hadn’t forgiven her attacker (as was reported in the press a lot at the time) at all. Good for her.
Her injuries were shocking, at the time I thought it amazing that she had survived, after seeing her list of injuries I have revised that opinion – it’s a bloody miracle.
“Lucy Yates, 20, had two collapsed lungs, a punctured liver and severe spinal damage after the attack by a paranoid schizophrenic.”
Thankfully she is now walking again.
We seem to have developed a bizarre attitude to mental health care in Britain over the past few decades, perhaps longer. Admittedly the Victorian idea of keeping all mental patients locked up for their own good, and then allowing the public to tour the institutions for fun, may not have been ideal treatment. However the knee jerk reaction to this of letting them all fend for themselves within society and seeing how they fare, isn’t much better either.
It may seem a fair and more civilised way of treating the mentally ill, although this is debatable, but is it a fair and civilised way of treating the rest of society? It is believed that there are about 600,000 schizophrenics in Britain today and of these about 200,000 are thought to be paranoid schizophrenics like Samuel Reid-Wentworth.
According to estimates, this 200,000 (0.32% of the population) are responsible for 10% of murders in Britain. That means about 100 people every year are killed by paranoid schizophrenics. A worrying statistic, especially as:
“The 10% or so from which will emerge the perpetrators of most of the serious violence are identifiable in advance. A structured programme in which the criminogenic personality and behavioural factors, substance misuse and social dislocation are managed together with the active symptoms of the disorder could prevent the progress to violence.”
Schizophrenia and violence: from correlations to preventive strategies
If this is the case, why are so many in Britain going on to kill? And these statistics do not of course include those like Lucy Yates, who survived. Who knows how many are attacked each year by paranoid schizophrenics.
The fact is there just isn’t enough money spent on mental healthcare, there never is. The Government tries to cover this up with schemes like care in the community and such like, roughly translated as ‘You’re on your own.’ But mental healthcare has always bore the brunt of cut backs as it is a side of the NHS that most people, thankfully, have little to do with.
If the frequent murders and attacks by such people were not evidence enough of such practices by the Government, then the fact that thousands of children across the UK are forced to look after their mentally ill parents, without any state support – should be.
Phrases such as ‘dropped through the cracks’, ‘slipped through the net’, i.e. we missed them, are used a lot each and every time one of this mentalists kills someone and there is an inquiry, yet it happens over and over again.
Samuel Reid-Wentworth is a psychopath of the highest order, as he warned one of those trying to aid Lucy Yates by pulling her clear.
“I’m a psychopath – I’m going to come and stab you if you don’t let her go.”
Sadly, for everyone involved and for future victims of Reid-Wentworth, no one took this as an excuse to beat him to death with a tin of luncheon meat.
Although he hasn’t been sentenced, it is highly likely that his sentence will be an irrelevance. No matter what he gets, in a few years, maybe less, there will be a queue of do-gooders trying to get him released, thinking only of his human rights, so that he might enjoy a relatively normal life.
At which point he will be re-assessed and described as ‘no longer a danger to the public’, before going on to kill someone within weeks, sadly never the idiot that set him loose.
Presumably this wasn’t the first time that Reid-Wentworth had hurt someone, as the article above states, there are usually many indicators and a build up to such an attack. But, as he was only an out-patient, it seems that these signs were either missed or ignored and he was no doubt not considered to be a danger to the public.
Still we can breathe easy now that he is safely behind bars, unless we start thinking about the other 200,000 similarly afflicted people in Britain, and wondering just how many of those 200,000 have files that bear the stamp – ‘No longer a danger to the public.’