man could be released after less than five years jail
paranoid man who fatally stabbed a 24 year-old Burnham-On-Sea
man has been jailed - but could be released after less than five
years of a life sentence.
Hancock, right, has been given the sentence for manslaughter
after admitting stabbing Burnham man Robert Cox to death in Bishopston,
Bristol in August last year, as reported here.
sentence was pronounced via video link at Southampton Crown Court
earlier following a previous hearing at Bristol Crown Court in
a father of two, lived with his family in Highbridge Road, Burnham
for many years and previously attended Brent Knoll School and
Burnham's St Joseph's School before moving on to Highbridge's
King Alfred School and Bridgwater College.
Honourable Mr Justice Teare said the life sentence would involve
Hancock, who was suffering from a mental health disorder at the
time, being treated in a secure hospital and then being transferred
to prison if and when he was deemed fit.
judge said the 42 year-old would be held for a minimum four years
and nine months after pleading guilty to a charge of manslaughter
on the grounds of diminished responsibility. He will only be released
after this if a parole board decides it will be safe to let him
back into the community.
earlier court hearing in Bristol was told Hancock and Mr Cox,
right, were both living at the Egerton Road hostel in Bishopston,
Bristol. Bristol Crown Court heard that Hancock wrongly believed
Mr Cox and other residents there had been threatening and sexually
harassing him. On August 9th last year Mr Cox was fatally stabbed.
forensic psychiatrist Dr John Sandford confirmed Hancock suffered
from a condition similar to schizophrenia, in that he held false
beliefs despite a lack of evidence.
Coxs mother, Sue Cox, said after the sentencing that she
is satisfied with the sentence because it is attached to the hospital
order and he won't be released unless he is deemed fit.
was set to take a business course at the City of Bristol College
in Ashley Down, arranged through the Prince's Trust.
Top - killer Derek Hancock, who has been jailed for the stabbing
and, above, Burnham man Robert Cox