woman on Rochdale psychiatric ward
by staff reporter
law graduate strangled a 59-year-old woman when they were both patients
on a psychiatric ward in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.
Telahum Tedola confessed to the killing and told a nurse he attacked
Rosalyn McManus because she accused him of being a spy.
Tedola, 36, could face being sent to hospital for life after last
week he admitted manslaughter at Manchester Crown Court, the Rochdale
Observer newspaper reported.
Alistair Webster QC, who accepted Tedola’s plea of not guilty
to murder, said it was clear from psychiatric reports that he was
suffering from a serious mental illness.
Tedola, who is being held at Ashworth secure hospital, was remanded
in custody until 14 March for sentence.
Judge Andrew Gilbart said: "I require reports from consultant
psychiatrists about your condition but the result will be either
a sentence of imprisonment or you will be committed to a secure
At the time of the killing, Ms McManus was an in-patient on the
psychiatric ward at Birch Hill Hospital where Tedola was also a
was admitted as an emergency after staff at a hostel where he was
living were concerned about his health and his claims he was being
persecuted, the Rochdale Observer reported.
Tedola, who came to England in 2005 after getting a law degree in
Ethiopia, strangled Ms McManus in the women’s TV lounge one
evening last August.
Tedola was seen coming out of the lounge holding a black belt which
was in a loop and told a nurse he killed Ms Manus after she called
him a spy.
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