Saturday, 6 April 2019

Melanie Shaw confined without limit

"Melanie Shaw, the woman who was one of the first people to report historic sex abuse at Beechwood children`s home, has been given a hospital order and will stay in Rampton to be treated."

"The 48-year-old was sentenced today, Tuesday April 2, after setting fire to the bedding in her prison cell because she felt her human rights were being abused."

"At Leeds Crown Court she was given a section 37 hospital order, which means that she will be sent to hospital for treatment, rather than to prison."

"But she was also given a section 41 restriction order, which can be added to a hospital order if the court feels the person is a risk to the public - and which has no fixed time limit..."

"Making the hospital order - which needs evidence from two doctors - Judge Penelope Belcher said that 40 pages of reports had been provided by the doctors, providing details of Shaw`s medical history, background, previous convictions and attitude."

"She said: `Both doctors are of the view this lady will respond to treatment, and there is a bed available`."

"`Both doctors are also of the view a section 41 restriction order is necessary. The order should be known as a restriction order..."

"Under the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended by the Mental Health Act 2007, a section 37 hospital order can be granted for up to six months at a time, can then be renewed for a further six months, and then for one year at a time."

"However, if a section 41 restriction order is imposed, for the 'protection of the public from serious harm', this changes the time limit of the hospital order, and has no fixed time limit."

"It means that the person can only be discharged with permission from the Secretary of State for Justice."

"It has also been claimed on social media that Melanie is currently not allowed to receive visitors at Rampton, with it being `in the patient's best interests not to have contact with anyone`."

"Nottinghamshire Live has been unable to confirm this, as both the Ministry of Justice and Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, which runs Rampton Hospital, say they do not comment on individual cases."

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