A PARANOID schizophrenic who brutally killed three pensioners hours apart in frenzied attacks has been found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity.
A jury at Exeter crown court had to decide whether Alexander Lewis-Ranwell, 28, ‘did not know it was against the law’ when he battered Anthony Payne, 80, with a hammer and bludgeoned to death with a shovel twins Dick and Roger Carter, 84, in Exeter on February 10.
Before their verdict, the jury raised concerns with the judge about the failings of Devon psychiatric services. Lewis-Ranwell, of Croyde, had been released from custody hours earlier. He had been arrested twice in two days, but a medic judged he was not ‘acutely unwell’.