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Cannibal killer boasted of eating victim’s brains with butter

Martha Linden

Published 31/08/2011 | 15:43

A cannibal killer attacked a fellow patient at a high security psychiatric hospital, telling staff afterwards that he "wanted to eat him", an inquest heard today.

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Peter Bryan said he "smashed" Richard Loudwell's head on the floor at Broadmoor Hospital and tied a ligature around his neck so that he would not make any noise, Berkshire Coroner's Court heard.



The 60-year-old was taken with "life threatening" injuries to Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey on April 25 2004 but died 41 days later, on June 5, having never regained consciousness.



Joanne Fisher, a registered mental nurse and team leader on the Luton ward of Broadmoor described finding Mr Loudwell with head injuries on the floor of the ward dining room.



In a statement read by Berkshire Coroner Peter Bedford, she said Bryan had told her: "I got him from behind, I put a ligature around his neck so that he wouldn't make a noise, and I smashed his head."



She added in the statement read to the inquest: "Mr Bryan said he had been thinking about it for a few days, he also said 'I wanted to eat him.'"



Her statement was read at the opening of the resumed inquest into the killing of Mr Loudwell, who was admitted to Broadmoor on January 15 2004.



The jury was told Bryan had attacked a 21-year-old woman, striking her on the head around six times with a claw hammer in 1993. He later pleaded guilty to manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility.



Bryan spent eight year at Rampton Hospital but was eventually allowed back into society, the inquest was told.



He later attacked and killed a man, named in reports as Brian Cherry on February 17 2004. Officers at the scene described Bryan as having blood-stained hands and clothes. They also found a blood-stained knife and claw hammer.



To a gasp from one of the jury members, Mr Bedford said the victim had been dismembered and officers found a frying pan on the stove with tissue from the dead man's brain.



Mr Bryan had told officers: "I ate his brains with butter, it was really nice," the inquest was told.



He was admitted to the Luton ward of Broadmoor on April 15 2004 after a stay at Belmarsh prison where he was variously described as "unpredictable" presenting a "grave risk to others", and "extremely dangerous."



Bryan was put in seclusion at Broadmoor but four days after his arrival allowed to mingle with patients under "general observations" or 15 minute checks, the inquest was told.



During the next few days, Bryan appeared to staff to settle "well" on the ward and mix "appropriately" with other patients, Mr Bedford told the jury.



"However, just after 6pm on April 25 2004 ... Mr Bryan attacked and seriously injured Mr Loudwell in the dining room of Luton ward," he said.



The inquest continues.

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