A jealous boyfriend who killed his partner in a horrific mothers’ day attack is to be taken out of prison for further psychiatric assessment.
Anthony Ross, who stabbed mum-of-two Melissa Liddle 41 times at their South Shields home after becoming convinced she was having an affair, will be admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Middlesbrough.
Newcastle Crown Court heard a consultant forensic psychiatrist is “convinced” the killer has a mental disorder.
Ross’s defence team made an application to a judge yesterday for the expert to be given time to assess the 24-year-old as an inpatient.
Judge Paul Sloan QC agreed to make an interim hospital order for 28 days.
Judge Sloan said: “In the circumstances there is no alternative other than to make a hospital order.
“This is not the final disposal, it is an interim measure so a firm diagnosis can be reached.”
The case will be back in court on November 5 but the judge warned there could yet be further adjournments.
In the meantime, the judge ordered that Ross should be transferred to hospital by the prison service.
Ross, of Oak Avenue, South Shields, has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Melissa’s tragic death has left her grieving family devastated.
The 23-year-old’s body was found in her bed after her worried family kicked in her door
when she failed to get in touch on mothers’ day in March, which she had been
looking forward to.
Her brother and stepfather made the tragic discovery, while her heartbroken mum listened on the phone.
Melissa left a five-year-old son and another who was just a few months old at the time of her death.