Man who killed sister detained indefinitely

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A paranoid schizophrenic who stabbed his student sister to death has been detained indefinitely in a secure hospital.

Mother-of-two Geeta Rao, 43, who had been studying for an MA in fine art at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), was killed by John Rao, 41, on February 19, 2008.

He stabbed her eight times in the back, shoulder and neck.

Their mother, 73-year-old Leela, was also stabbed in the neck and seriously injured in the frenzied attack at Geeta's home in Collingwood Street, Standish, near Wigan. She died from pneumonia linked to the injuries six months later.

At Liverpool Crown Court, after Judge Henry Globe QC imposed an indefinite hospital detention under the Mental Health Act, there was an outburst from Rao's brother Michael.

He shouted: "That's what you get, man. If he gets out, I will be waiting for him."

Rao will be detained at Ashworth Special Hospital in Maghull, Liverpool.

Earlier this year, it was ruled Rao was unfit to stand trial for two counts of murder because of his mental health problems.

He was damned by his own mother Leela, a psychiatrist herself, who was able to give police a full account of what happened from her hospital bed before she died.

The court heard that, when questioned by police, Rao admitted what he had done.

And the jury took just 10 minutes to find that he had committed the acts of unlawful killing.

Geeta had been a mentor for new students in the UCLan Flying Start programme. There are plans for an exhibition of her work to be displayed at UCLan from September 29 to October 10.

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