Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Doctors Knew My Son's Killer Was a Mentally Ill Skunk User; Family's Fury over Failings of Care System

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Doctors Knew My Son's Killer Was a Mentally Ill Skunk User; Family's Fury over Failings of Care System

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Byline: JACK LEFLEY

THE father of a teenager stabbed to death by a paranoid schizophrenic whose condition was triggered by smoking "skunk" cannabis today asked why he was free to kill his son.

Tung Minh Le, 17, was stabbed once in the heart in an "unprovoked, unpredicted and inexplicable" attack as he left a West End nightclub.

His 18-year-old killer Chien Nguyen had become ill after starting to smoke cannabis at the age of 13.

He had been seen by a number of mental health doctors who believed the smoking of super strength skunk had triggered his psychotic behaviour.

By the time he killed Tung, he had also been arrested by police for possessing cannabis and carrying a knife.

Chien pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility at the Old Bailey on Friday and was sent indefinitely to a mental hospital.

But the victim's businessman father, Tung Phung Le, today demanded to know why Nguyen had been left free to kill. Mr Tung, 40, said: "It does make me very angry that his illness was known and that he had been caught with knives and cannabis before but he was still on the streets to kill my son.

"If they knew he was ill why was he allowed to take drugs. Why wasn't he stopped? There is no guarantee that doctors will not release him one day and he will be free to kill someone else.

The system does not work. …

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