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Nottingham Police have released chilling CCTV images capturing the final moments of university students, 19-year-olds Grace O’Malley-Kumar and Barnaby Webber, just before they fell victim to a brutal attack by assailant Valdo Calocane. The haunting pictures depict the pair walking side by side on the pavement near their Nottingham University Campus, with Barnaby in a purple t-shirt and trousers and Grace in a black tank top and green trousers.

Tragically, the two students, returning home from an end-of-term night-out, were fatally stabbed on Ilkeston Road in Nottingham at 4 am on June 13. According to Prosecutor Karim Khalil KC, Mr. Webber was repeatedly stabbed with a dagger, leading to his collapse, while Grace displayed remarkable bravery in attempting to shield her friend before the assailant turned his focus on her, reported The Sun.

In a recent development, Valdo Calocane, the perpetrator, has been sentenced to a hospital order for the fatal stabbings of Barnaby Webber, Grace O’Malley-Kumar, and Ian Coates. The presiding judge, Mr. Justice Turner, deemed the hospital order necessary to “protect the public from serious harm,” citing Calocane’s apparent suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.

During the court proceedings, Dr. Sanjoy Kumar, Grace O’Malley Kumar’s father, praised his daughter’s heroism, noting her intervention and refusal to flee during the tragic incident. He described her as someone who would never abandon a friend in adversity.

The court also learned of Calocane’s subsequent violent actions, including the attack on school caretaker Ian Coates, 65, who was fatally stabbed in his Vauxhall van. Calocane then proceeded to drive the stolen van to Milton Street, where he struck Wayne Birkett, causing a fractured skull and brain bleed. Additionally, he knocked down two other pedestrians.

Calocane’s erratic rampage continued until his arrest, about five minutes after the final victims were injured when he was Tasered by the police. The court was informed of Calocane’s history of serious mental illness, as he had been previously detained under mental health laws.

Former flatmates of Calocane from his time at the University of Nottingham revealed their fear of the “volatile” student, describing him as unpredictable and earning the nickname “The Psycho” behind his back.

The tragic events prompted thousands of people to gather for vigils at Nottingham University, commemorating the victims and conveying a powerful message of unity. Barnaby Webber’s mother, Emma, addressed the crowds, urging them to “hold no hate” in the face of the devastating tragedy that unfolded on June 13, 2023. Remembrance events were organized in the city center and at the University of Nottingham to honor the lives lost.

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