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Christina Edkins: the remarkable compassion shown to her mentally ill killer

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THE Sun says Christina Edkins, 16, was “killed by the system”.

Phillip Simelane, 23, had been freed from prison. Despite his severe mental health issues, no-one thought it best to watch him.

Yesterday he was back in prison, starting a life sentence for killing Miss Edkins on a Birmingham bus. They had never met before.

Simelane admitted to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at Birmingham Crown Court.

The Sun produces gory details of his crime:

As Christina sat down after boarding the bus, paranoid schizophrenic Simelane — a man described as a “ticking timebomb” — slouched seemingly asleep in the back seat. But Simelane swiftly stood up and moved to a seat directly behind her. Seconds later he stood again, clutching a kitchen knife he had pulled from a plastic bag. Chilling CCTV footage from the bus shows Simelane plunging the knife into Christina’s chest without uttering a single word. Then he calmly goes downstairs and gets off at the next stop.

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Posted: 3rd, October 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment