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Darwen man attacked fellow prisoner
12:00pm Sunday 8th September 2013 in News
A VIOLENT paranoid schizophrenic who attacked a fellow prisoner - while serving a jail term for slashing a man’s face - has been given a hospital order.
Even the family of Terry Hogan, 31, had insisted that the best place to deal with the former Darwen man was in a specialist hospital, rather than a prison.
Hogan was jailed for causing grievous bodily harm in April 2007, after attacking Andrew O’Connor with a craft knife in Blackburn.
Last October, while an inmate at HMP Preston, he launched a sustained attack on another prisoner, Shahid Karim.
He attacked him from behind and left him with a number of scars to his scalp and forehead, the court was told.
Later Karin, who was released shortly afterwards, told police that the attack had made him anxious and concerned, as he feared friends of Hogan would target him on the outside.
Recorder of Preston, Judge Anthony Russell QC, said that Hogan had been given an indeterminate sentence for public protection, for the 2007 attack, amid fears he may be a ‘dangerous offender’.
“Subsequent events have confirmed this,” said Judge Russell.
The court was provided with assessments compiled by two psychiatrists, who each agreed that Hogan was suffering from a number of complex mental health problems, the most prominent of which was paranoid schizophrenia, which was resistant to treatment.
Hogan, who is now under the care of Ashworth Hospital on Merseyside, was made the subject of a detention order under the Mental Health Act 1983.
The judge also imposed a further restriction order, preventing Hogan’s release without the authority of the Secretary of State or a mental health tribunal.
Earlier this year, Hogan’s mother Beverley Rimmer, of Lightbound Street, Darwen, appealed to the authorities to detain her son in a mental health environment, amid concerns he could be a danger to himself and others in a prison setting.