Fury as Nottingham killer Valdo Calocane entitled to claim thousands of pounds in benefits

TRIPLE killer Valdo Calocane is entitled to claim thousands of pounds in benefits as he is being held in a secure hospital instead of a prison.

The paranoid schizophrenic, 32, killed 19-year-old students Barnaby Webber and Grace O’Malley-Kumar and school caretaker Ian Coates, 65, in Nottingham last year.

Nottingham killer Valdo Calocane is entitled to claim thousands of pounds in benefits while he is held in a secure hospital

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Nottingham killer Valdo Calocane is entitled to claim thousands of pounds in benefits while he is held in a secure hospitalCredit: PA
Calocane killed 19-year-old student Barnaby Webber

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Calocane killed 19-year-old student Barnaby WebberCredit: Pixel8000
The paranoid schizophrenic also killed studen Grace O’Malley-Kumar, also 19

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The paranoid schizophrenic also killed studen Grace O’Malley-Kumar, also 19Credit: Pixel8000
School caretaker Ian Coates, 65, was also killed in Nottingham

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School caretaker Ian Coates, 65, was also killed in NottinghamCredit: Pixel8000

Prisoners cannot claim state benefits but patients in secure psychiatric hospitals are eligible for welfare payments of up to £360 a month.  

Calocane is being held at high-security Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside.

He wouldn’t have been entitled to benefits if the judge had issued a section 45 or 47 order, requiring his transfer to prison on release from hospital.

Barnaby’s mum Emma said: “This is truly devastating to hear and it adds yet more layers of grief and a sense of injustice to those of us left behind.

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“Whilst we are desperately trying to process our enormous grief, battle to try and find a way forwards to return to work and support our families, this vicious monster not only has tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money spent to keep him inside, he can also amass a small fortune of state benefits.

“How can this possibly be fair?

“This may be the law, but we strongly suggest the law is wrong, and urgently needs to be reviewed.”

Barnaby Webber’s parents ask why us, what have we done to deserve this? after he was tragically killed by Valdo Calocane