Double killer sent to secure hospital

Double killer sent to secure hospital at High Court
Double killer sent to secure hospital at High Court
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A convicted murderer who stabbed another killer to death in a brutal attack after they were freed from prison was ordered to be detained at a high security psychiatric hospital today under a compulsion order.

Andrew Fisher inflicted 32 wounds to the head, neck and torso of Craig MacKenzie before abandoning the victim in his Edinburgh flat.

Fisher later revealed that he heard “voices” and had planned to kill murderer MacKenzie and another man.

Fisher (48) made a 999 call to police and confessed to the killing and told them where to find the victim adding that his life was not worth living but “he didn’t have the balls to do anything about it”.

Schizophrenic Fisher, who was jailed for life in 1990, after murdering his 23-year-old wife Michelle, was released from prison in 2001 and spent 12 years in the community with only one driving conviction before carrying out the slaying of 40-year-old Mackenzie at his home in Milton Street on July 5 last year.

He was assessed as sane and fit to plead and earlier admitted the killing of MacKenzie by repeatedly striking him on the head and body with a knife, when he appeared in court. The Crown accepted his plea to the lesser charge of culpable homicide on the basis of diminished responsibility.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that his mental health problem was aggravated by the use of cannabis and “legal high” drugs.

Fisher got “stoned” on cannabis joints after his latest killing before confessing to it the following day.