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Psychiatric patient admits double killing

PUBLISHED: 18:13 23 June 2010 | UPDATED: 10:59 12 August 2010

A PATIENT at a high security psychiatric hospital has admitted the manslaughter of two women. Former Bromley resident Graham Fisher, 36, confessed to killing Clare Letchford, 40 and Beryl O Connor, 75, in each of their Hastings homes in January 1998 when

A PATIENT at a high security psychiatric hospital has admitted the manslaughter of two women.

Former Bromley resident Graham Fisher, 36, confessed to killing Clare Letchford, 40 and Beryl O'Connor, 75, in each of their Hastings homes in January 1998 when he appeared at Reading Crown Court on Monday.

Fisher also confessed to two counts of rape of a woman aged in her 40s at a house in Bromley in 1991.

Fisher had already admitted the attempted murder and attempted rape of a Czech student on a Hastings to London train in January 1998.

The 19-year-old nearly died from head injuries after he attacked her in a toilet just three months after she arrived in England to become a teacher.

East Sussex coroner Alan Craze recorded verdicts of unlawful killing at the inquests of Ms Letchford and Mrs O'Connor and said they were victims of "despicable and needless" crimes.

All three cases featured on the BBC's Crimewatch programme and Sussex Police re-opened their files last year, having previously called the investigation "complex" and "wide-ranging".

Fisher was jailed for five years after being convicted of indecently assaulting two female Spanish students in May 1999. He was convicted at Lewes Crown Court in October 1999.

In August 2001 he was transferred to Broadmoor under the Mental Health Act after being found to be a "grave and immediate danger if released into the community".

Fisher was remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on July 23.

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