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April 23rd - Every Three Days - Sandra Thomas

On average every three days a woman is killed by a man.

Every third day, in our #EveryThreeDays campaign, I write about a woman killed by a man. Previously in this campaign, which started on May 2nd 2021, I have remembered 122 women, the last being Karen Buckley. 

Today I remember Sandra Thomas.

The BBC reported in November 2015.

A man who had hallucinations telling him to kill his mother was seen swinging a metal television bracket at her, a court has heard. David Love, 33, of Overslade Close, Northampton, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Sandra Thomas and was sent to a secure unit. Northampton Crown Court heard he had paranoid schizophrenia but had stopped taking medication. Judge Rupert Mayo said Love's symptoms had been "exacerbated" by cannabis use. Love had admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. He was ordered to stay in Arnold Lodge Secure Unit for an indefinite amount of time. "You were a heavy cannabis user in 2014 and this exacerbated your symptoms. "There were delusions that those who were trying to help were trying to harm you. 

A lodger at Ms Thomas's flat in Duston saw Love attacking his mother while accusing her of trying to kill him. An ambulance was called but Ms Thomas was found dead at the scene. Love had a history of violence and had been admitted several times to a mental health unit. Dr Nuawan Galappathie told the court: "There is a very direct link between his mental illness and the killing. At the time of the killing, he was experiencing hallucinations instructing him to kill his mother."

Sandra Thomas



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