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Family of Karen Welsh ‘pleased’ with her killer’s sentence

The family of a nursing sister killed by a mentally-ill homeless man have welcomed his indefinite detainment.

Karen Welsh, who worked at the University Hospital of Wales’s kidney unit, was found dead at her home in Lowfield Drive, Thornhill, Cardiff, by police officers in March last year.

John Michael Constantine, of no fixed abode, appeared today at Cardiff Crown Court, where he pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Constantine, 32, was made the subject of a hospital order under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

Using Section 37 of the Act, the defendant was told by Mr Justice Christopher Clarke that he would be detained for an “indefinite period”.

Speaking after the verdict, Ms Welsh’s family said they were pleased that justice had been served.

In a statement issued via South Wales Police, they said: “We can now try to come to terms with this horrific tragedy and try to lead normal lives again.

“Nothing will ever replace our beloved Karen and a huge gap now exists in our lives.

“We would like to say that we are pleased that this has finally come to an end and justice has been served.”

Ms Welsh’s relatives also expressed their gratitude to South Wales Police, as well as friends who supported them “through this difficult time.”

 

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