APPEAL: Police ‘extremely concerned’ for welfare of convicted manslaughter patient, missing since last week

PUBLISHED: 09:19 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:19 23 May 2017

Ghodratollah Barani

Ghodratollah Barani


The disappearance is out of character

Officers have released an image taken at 10.07pm that night as Ghodratollah travelled on a bus towards Norbury and would like to speak with anyone who saw him after this time. Officers have released an image taken at 10.07pm that night as Ghodratollah travelled on a bus towards Norbury and would like to speak with anyone who saw him after this time.

Police searching for a mental health patient who was convicted of manslaughter in 2013 fear he may have already come to harm.

Carers for Ghodratollah Barani at Evergreen Lodge say he “is not in the same place” as when he killed a homeless person in 2012, and officers are now “extremely concerned” for his welfare following the “out of character” disappearance.

Barani, who has links to Bromley, went missing from the Croydon care home in South Park Hill Road at around 6pm on Thursday May 11.

On Monday, police released CCTV of Barani travelling to Norbury on the Route 109 bus at 10.07pm the day he went missing.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who saw him after this time, as there have been no confirmed sightings since.

Police fear he may “act in an unpredictable manner” as he has gone missing without his medication for a psychotic disorder, believed to be schizophrenia.

A Met Police spokesperson said: “Ghodratollah poses a risk of harming himself and the longer he is without his medication there is a concern that he may, or even has, come to harm.”

The 31-year-old, who was admitted to Evergreen Lodge in November 2015, is described as 5ft 6ins tall, with medium build and a broad face.

He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a green hooded top.

In 2013, Barani, formerly from Afghanistan, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility after killing 46-year-old Mark Morrison in Trafalgar Square, and was detained indefinitely.

“He has been receiving treatment since his conviction and his care providers have indicated that despite his conviction his current state of mind leads them to believe that he could be a danger to himself,” said DCI Richard McDonagh, from Croydon CID.

“It is important that Ghodratollah is found as we need to ensure his safety. Those caring for him have suggested that with the care and treatment he has been receiving over the years, he is not currently in the same place as he was when he committed the offence, but we cannot be complacent.

“We do not want the public to be alarmed but we do want them to be vigilant, if you think you have seen Ghodratollah at any point over the last week or have any information as to his whereabouts then please do get in contact.”

Police have warned the public not to approach Barani, but call 999 if they see him.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts can contact police in Croydon via 101 or by tweeting @MetCC

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