Report ‘overplayed’ killer’s brain injury

    The brain injury suffered by Alexander Ness, convicted last year of
    killing his infant son Caleb in 2000, was “overstressed” in the
    O’Brien inquiry report into the child’s death, according to top
    neuropsychiatrist.

    Dr Alan Carson told a conference last week that pre-existing
    criminal and cultural factors should play a greater part in
    assessing risk to children than a brain injury itself. He added
    that Ness’s brain injury was probably a “relatively minor factor”
    in the death of his son.

    But report author Susan O’Brien QC told the conference that Ness’s
    criminal history before his brain injury indicated that he had a
    history of violence towards adults only.

    “The police were quite clear that there was no evidence that Ness
    had ever behaved badly towards children in the past,” she said.

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