Knifeman sent to an infamous secure hospital

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A DANGEROUS Sunderland knifeman has been sent to the infamous Rampton Hospital.

Branded a public danger, David Trickett will now be assessed at the institution that has housed some of the UK’s most notorious criminals.

Trickett, 44, almost killed his elderly mum then stabbed a nurse in separate attacks.

He was jailed indefinitely last year for the assault on his mum Shirley.

While serving his sentence at a psychiatric hospital, he plunged a blade into Peter Barkwell, one of the nursing staff tasked to help him, causing devastating injuries.

Trickett has appeared at Newcastle Crown Court, where Mr Recorder Julian Goose ordered he be sent to Rampton Hospital in Nottinghamshire to be assessed by experts.

The hospital has housed criminals including child killers Beverley Allitt and Ian Huntley, as well as hardman Charles Bronson.

Trickett, of Viewforth Terrace, Fulwell, will initially spend up to 12 weeks at the establishment while doctors assess his mental state and future risk to those around him.

He will be sentenced for the attack on Mr Barkwell once the assessments by specialists at Rampton are complete.

Trickett was jailed indefinitely in February 2011 after he thrust a 22-inch knife so hard into his mum’s chest that the blade snapped.

During the bloody assault on the 74-year-old, Trickett also bludgeoned his mum with a hammer, causing fractures to her skull and bleeding on the brain.

Trickett, who has a history of psychiatric problems and had not been taking his anti-psychotic medication when he carried out the attack, admitted wounding with intent.

He was branded “a severe danger to members of the public” by the sentencing judge and taken to St Nicholas Hospital in Newcastle where he was receiving treatment as part of his sentence.

Within weeks of getting there he plunged a knife into Mr Barkwell, a registered mental nurse, after following him into a kitchen.

The blade went into Mr Barkwell’s abdomen and sliced through his liver.

Trickett admitted wounding with intent in relation to that attack.

Recorder Goose has now made an interim hospital order in Trickett’s case.

The judge said: “He must be taken from here to Rampton Hospital within a period of 28 days from today in order that he can take up the accommodation available and there be an assessment.

“In due course further reports will be provided by the medical professionals so this case can be resolved by way of sentence.

“There will be a proper assessment as to whether the defendant should receive a sentence of imprisonment or in a secure hospital environment.”