A string of errors by psychiatric staff allowed a convicted killer to claim two more victims, a report will say today.
Peter Bryan killed Brian Cherry at his East London flat and ate parts of his brain just hours after his discharge from a London mental health unit.
The schizophrenia patient, now 39, later strangled a man at Broadmoor hospital after staff apparently failed to monitor him.
Today, an independent inquiry is expected to highlight serious failings by staff who believed Bryan was “no longer a danger”.
The findings are based on two separate reports which NHS officials have taken years to publish.
Criticism will be targeted at social workers who judged Bryan safe enough to be freed when he was already guilty of hammering a woman to death.
The first investigation focuses on mistakes by NHS East London, which runs the Newham Centre for Mental Health.
Bryan, from Forest Gate, was receiving treatment at the centre for his psychiatric disorder subsequent to a spell in Rampton secure hospital.
A mental health review board released him from Rampton in 2001, eight years after he killed his first victim, 20-year-old shop assistant and university student Nisha Sheth.
At Newham, Bryan was monitored by social worker Roland Silcott for 18 months. Mr Silcott wrote three letters to the Home Office saying Bryan was “no longer a danger”.
No official action has ever been taken against Mr Silcott.
In February 2004, Bryan was told he could have as much leave as he wanted. Hours later he went to Mr Cherry’s flat, attacked him, then ate part of his brain.
Following the Walthamstow killing, Bryan was sent to Broadmoor in Berkshire where, nine weeks later, he took the life of fellow patient Richard Loudwell.
Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the charity Sane, said: “It is barely believable that Peter Bryan could be considered safe enough to be discharged from a high security hospital to a hostel where he was free to come and go, despite the cocktail of risks that he posed.”
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