Wrexham murder accused first heard voices 'after arrest'

Published date: 12 June 2014 |
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A CONSULTANT psychiatrist told a murder trial jury that defendant Francesco Prevete had not displayed symptoms of bipolar or epilepsy while he was under the care of local psychiatric services.

Dr Lucia Klenka, of the Hedffan psychiatric unit at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, agreed with prosecuting barrister Karl Scholz that his medical records showed that he first suggested hearing voices in his head after he was remanded in custody in June last year.

Prevete, 46, of Weale Court in Wrexham, denies murdering amateur boxer Craig Maddocks in a toilet cubicle at The Cambrian Vaults pub in Wrexham on June 26 last year.

He claims at Mold Crown Court that he did not do it.

But he is running an alternative defence, that if the jury find that he had done it, that he was labouring under an insane automatism at the time following an epileptic episode.

Dr Klenka said Prevete was first referred to psychiatric services in 2010 because of anxiety and depression stemming from an injury to his left hand at work, his perceived attitude of his former employers JCB, his continuing pain and the ongoing civil litigation with his ex-employer.

He had been prescribed anti-depressants and sedatives and his sleep was disturbed.

At one stage he had been diagnosed with moderate depression, and severe depression, but had improved.

He had not reported blackouts, nothing that might suggest epilepsy, no trance-like states and no visual or auditory hallucinations, she said.

Mr Maddocks was found to have 52 incised wounds, said to have been caused by a flick knife. The prosecution say that he was subjected to a frenzied attack in toilets.

Mr Maddocks, 34, from Llay, died of “shock and haemorrhaging” brought on by multiple wounds to the neck and chest.

Dr Klenka gave the jury a run-down of Prevete’s psychiatric care and told how in 2012 he had expressed anger and thoughts of vengeance against five people at JCB whom he refused to name.

He told how he had no plans to act on his feelings but said that he had a mental image of what would happen and how he would harm them.

He also expressed thoughts of killing himself on occasions.

His negative thoughts focused on JCB and his injury and he was unable to move on.

A £500,000 settlement following a litigation with his ex-employers did not improve matters

Dr Klenka agreed with Suzanne Goddard QC, defending, that he did not want the money and gave it away or gambled it away, and later felt guilty because of that.

Things started to improve when his niece had a baby.

Prevete had good days and bad days.


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