Broadmoor fails to stop woman's killer publishing story

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A GRIEVING mother attacked a Court of Appeal ruling that her daughter's killer could not be stopped from publishing a book about his crime.

Andrew Robinson, a Broadmoor patient, killed Georgina Robinson, a therapist, at random to gain publicity.

Yesterday Lord Woolf, Master of the Rolls, and two senior judges ruled that they could not grant authorities at the hospital orders which would have led to the impounding of Robinson's story, Armageddon Ahoy.

Wendy Robinson, Georgina's mother, said it was appalling that the book, which describes how the man killed his victim and sets out his justification for doing so, could be published.

"He's not writing the book for the money but is doing it for the same reason he killed my daughter.

"He is mad. He killed my daughter to get a platform, and this is another vehicle. He can write what he likes about my daughter."

She said she was not counting on the possibility of the public boycotting the book. "I'm afraid it's an increasing trend that people's curiosity about killers overrules any morals," said Mrs Robinson, from Fairford, Gloucestershire.

But she would not be fighting the court's decision. "There is nothing I can do to stop it," she said. "If I had a lot of money I would fight. The appalling thing is that he got legal aid - that's absolutely criminal.

"I'm extremely angry and my husband is extremely upset, because this book brings it all back. We don't want to think about the man. We are trying to get over what we have lost. It's absolutely appalling that we have to face all these problems. Victims don't have any rights."

At yesterday's hearing Lord Justice Waller called on the publishers of the book to "think again."

Andrew Robinson, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, was detained at Broadmoor after being convicted of the manslaughter of Miss Robinson in September 1993. He attacked the occupational therapist with a kitchen knife as she chatted to another patient in a bedroom at the Edith Morgan Centre for acute psychiatric care in Torquay. Miss Robinson died after being repeatedly stabbed in the face, neck and shoulder.

The Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal by Broadmoor Hospital Authority.