Man detained for killing patient by stamping on head

A man with paranoid schizophrenia has been detained indefinitely under mental health legislation for killing a fellow patient by stamping on his head.

Kamran Uzzaman, 20, killed father-to-be Prodip Debnath, 31, last April, despite being under watch after an earlier attack on him, the Old Bailey heard.

Both men were patients at the Mile End hospital in east London.

The East London NHS Foundation Trust said it was implementing changes to enhance safety in its inpatient units.

Both men were originally from Bangladesh.

Uzzaman, who admitted the manslaughter of Mr Debnath, was described by psychiatrist Dr Darryl Gregory as "one of the most mentally unwell patients I have ever seen".

'Very dangerous'

Mr Debnath, whose wife was pregnant, suffered from poor mental health, including depression, and had been in the hospital for a few days.

Uzzaman was transferred to the same ward as him after a fight with another patient of Bangladeshi origin.

On 7 April 2010, two days before the killing, he was seen bending Mr Debnath's thumbs back and kicking him in the head.

Mr Debnath later told staff Uzzaman was "very dangerous" so a couple of days later it was agreed there would be 15-minute checks on Uzzaman, the Old Bailey heard.

At about 1925 BST a member of staff saw Mr Debnath who was well. She later noticed Uzzaman go into his room and leave at 1945 BST.

He told her "that the Koran was inside him" and pointed to the room saying that "he was going to cut him" and making chopping gestures with his hands.

He then said police were going to arrest him and crossed his hands as if to indicate being in handcuffs.

Mr Debnath was found in his room covered in a blanket with facial injuries.

'Extreme violence'

Attempts to resuscitate him failed and he died shortly afterwards in the Royal London Hospital.

He was found to have died as a result of having both sides of his head stamped on.

In a statement the East London NHS Foundation Trust said: "We have increased staffing levels in all our acute inpatient units. Continued funding for this has been agreed by our Commissioners."

It also said alterations had been made to the physical environment of wards in Tower Hamlets to improve safety and lines of observation on the wards.

Judge Peter Beaumont, the Recorder of London, told Uzzaman: "You took the life of Prodip Debnath in circumstances of extreme violence.

"He did you no harm. Your act has left a family devastated."

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