Jeroen Ensink: Police and mental health authorities under pressure at inquest
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The inquest of Holloway academic Jeroen Ensink will focus on police and mental health authorities after he was stabbed to death by a psychotic man.
Dr Ensink was killed by student Femi Nandap outside his Hilldrop Crescent home in December 2015. He had left the house to post cards announcing the recent birth of his daughter, Fleur.
Nandap admitted manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility and was sentenced to an indefinite period in a mental health hospital at the Old Bailey in October. The court heard he was receiving psychiatric treatment, and that knife charges against him were dropped just days before he chased and killed Dr Ensink, 41.
At a pre-inquest hearing at St Pancras Coroner’s Court today, it was ruled Article Two of the European Convention on Human Rights will be engaged.
This means the probe will be wider than just the circumstances of Mr Ensink’s death.
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And coroner Mary Hassell said it will not focus on the actual stabbing: “It seems to me that that has already been dealt with,” she told the court.
“What I would like to do, however, is to look at the events leading up to Mr Nandap being in the place that he was, at the time that he was, with a knife, and then acting the way he did.
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“I think there is an exploration to be had of police actions. There is also an exploration to be had of the actions of various mental healthcare professionals.”
The inquest is expected to begin on November 13.
Reporting by Press Association