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Hackney College chief’s killer detained under Mental Health Act

PUBLISHED: 22:31 10 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:41 05 October 2010

A MAN who killed his father with a claw hammer has been committed under the Mental Health Act. A murder hunt was launched when Enrique Parada-Castro, 58, the head of languages at Hackney College, was found battered at his home

A MAN who killed his father with a claw hammer has been committed under the Mental Health Act today (Monday).

A murder hunt was launched when 58-year-old Enrique Parada-Castro, the head of languages at Hackney College, was found battered at his home.

Mr Parada-Castro’s 26-year-old daughter returned to find him lying in the front room, battered over the head, at their house in Kingsbury in north-west London on January 7 last year.

His 32-year-old son Omar Parada-Blanco was arrested in an armed operation a day later three miles away at his home in Cricklewood, where police found blood-stained clothing and a claw-hammer with blood on it. He was charged with murder.

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Det Ins Andy Manning said today: “Enrique was a family man looking forward to spending his impending retirement in Chile.

“It is tragic that this was taken away from him by someone he loved.

“Today’s sentence means Omar will be in the best place to receive the treatment he needs and ensure the public’s safety.”

Enrique, who lived with his wife and their 26-year-old daughter, was due to retire shortly from Hackney College.

His son was detained indefinitely under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act after pleading guilty at the Old Bailey on June 2 to manslaughter through diminished responsibility.

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