Sectioned man ‘murdered’ nurse

    A schizophrenic man killed a psychiatric nurse hours after being
    arrested and sectioned, the Old Bailey was told last week.

    A jury was told that James Cann murdered Mamade Chattun at
    Springfield Hospital in Tooting, London, in July 2003, after being
    arrested nearby.

    Richard Whittam, prosecuting, said Cann attacked hospital social
    worker Thomas White after arriving at the hospital. After Cann
    refused to take his medication he was left alone with Chattun, who
    ignored warnings from colleagues not to deal with him alone. Cann
    then battered Chattun to death.

    Nurse Adrian Joseph, who found Chattun’s body, said Cann had burst
    into tears and “looked like a man who had lost it completely” when
    he was restrained after the incident.

    Cann, 22, denies murder, claiming that he acted in
    self-defence.

    The trial continues.

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