Killer is ‘kind’ man driven by mental illness says doctor

Sadye Matula

A KILLER who stabbed his ex to death and tried to throttle her child is a ‘kind’ person who only carried out the attacks since he was mentally unwell claims his psychiatrist. Charles Byrne strangled, stamped on and then stabbed Christina Rowe via the heart at her Worcester household. The […]

A KILLER who stabbed his ex to death and tried to throttle her child is a ‘kind’ person who only carried out the attacks since he was mentally unwell claims his psychiatrist.

Charles Byrne strangled, stamped on and then stabbed Christina Rowe via the heart at her Worcester household.

The killer, dominated unsafe by the choose who ordered his detention, attempted to throttle Pass up Rowe’s daughter after she was awoken by her mum’s screams and saw her overall body in the suitcase.

DETAINED: Charles Byrne will carry on to obtain treatment in a psyhchiatric healthcare facility. Image: West Mercia Law enforcement


The 25-year-previous killer obtained a life sentence at Worcester Crown Court on Friday with the minimal expression set at 16 a long time as component of a hybrid hospital get less than. 

He will go on to cared for at significant protection psychiatric facility – Ashworth Medical center in the vicinity of Liverpool – but can be transferred to prison if his psychological wellness is assessed to have improved to a adequate degree by experts.

As earlier documented, Byrne of Waterworks Road, Worcester, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility in relation to Overlook Rowe and the tried murder of her youthful daughter who survived by pretending to be dead. The assaults ended up carried out on February 10 very last calendar year, Byrne making an attempt to dispose of 28-calendar year-previous Miss out on Rowe’s entire body by positioning it in a suitcase weighed down with bricks just before dumping it in the river Severn at Diglis.

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Liked: Christina Rowe who was killed by Charles Byrne


In the course of the sentence listening to, which lasted through the morning and properly into the afternoon, Byrne’s psychiatrist gave evidence, describing the indicators of his paranoid schizophrenia which integrated delusions.

Dr Melanie Higgins, a specialist forensic psychiatrist at 200 bed psychiatric intense care device Ashworth Hospital, reported: “He was 100 for every cent of the perspective that this was no longer Christina Rowe, the actual person, but an imposter.”

Byrne has been cared for at the healthcare facility given that final May and was now reported by her to be ‘all far too conscious of the horrific nature of what experienced occurred’ on the day of the incident, describing him as ‘a psychological mess’.
His other delusions integrated that the household in which he killed Miss Rowe was less than surveillance by MI5 or the magic formula services, that he was staying pursued by the ‘Illuminati’ and that he also experienced considerations about the Freemasons.

She went on to explain the memory of what he had completed as ‘horrifyingly agonizing for Mr Byrne’ and that he realized now specifically what had occurred for the duration of the episode of psychosis.

Dr Higgins, a guide for 17 many years, explained his steps were being, in her clinical opinion, ‘100 for every cent induced by paranoid schizophrenia fairly than unwell-will’ toward the victims.
The court listened to how Byrne, due to the fact of his disease, considered Overlook Rowe was a ‘reskinned male paedophile’, a symptom of what his defence advocate, Gurdeep Garcha QC, referred to as ‘florid psychosis’. The health care provider also referred to a suicide try by Byrne in 2017 and how he also attempted to electrify a bath ‘to dedicate suicide to escape from his paranoia and his beliefs’.
What stopped him, she mentioned, was the believed of leaving his mom who had been battling breast most cancers. “He could not do it to her” stated Dr Higgins.
She also argued that Byrne’s use of consume and medicines – he smoked skunk hashish two times right before the attack and drank spirits – would not have prompted his psychosis but was a way he had self-medicated which she said was frequent among the folks struggling from mental ailment.

When he first came underneath her supervision, she explained Byrne as ‘robotic’. “The most effective term I can use for the community is robotic, devoid of usual facial reactivity,” she stated.

She added: “He understood something experienced long gone awry with his world but it was genuine to him.”

Talking from the witness box, she said Byrne’s have head had in outcome ‘betrayed’ him. She said he experienced articulated his remorse for what he experienced performed.

The doctor described Byrne has coming from ‘a loving middle course family’ and that ‘but for his illness’ he would not have carried out the assaults. She claimed his offending was ‘entirely attributable’ to his disease. “His character is that of a type, caring young gentleman. He’s unfailingly polite. I have in no way read Mr Byrne swear,” she explained to the court docket.

Considering the fact that he has acquired care she claimed there had been no incidents whatsoever at the hospital. “In no way, in and of himself, is he violent or aggressive” she mentioned.
The health care provider also argued that, have been he to go to jail, he would existing a chance to himself, workers these types of as jail officers and other prisoners with ‘a most likely fatal outcome’.

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