Wood Green man who harassed Princess Diana’s butler escapes hospital detention

07:00 13 May 2012

Slav Mitev arrives at Chester Crown Court

Slav Mitev arrives at Chester Crown Court

PA Wire/Press Association Images

A mentally-ill Wood Green man who harassed Princess Diana’s former butler has avoided being detained in hospital.

Slav Mitev, 50, claimed to have kidnapped Paul Burrell’s wife, threatened to assassinate the ex-butler and set fire to his Cheshire flower shop in a series of phone calls made in June last year.

He also implied he would kill Mr Burrell’s adult sons and brother.

The Bulgarian national was found unfit to plead at a criminal trial earlier this year.

This meant he could not be jailed despite the fact a jury found the case against him proved.

He could, however, be detained in hospital.

But Judge Elgan Edwards ruled out such a move after considering the latest medical evidence put forward by the defence.

Speaking at Chester Crown Court, Judge Edwards said: “The new medical information rather casts doubt on the necessity or propriety of a hospital order.

“It seems to me that by the same token an absolute discharge is not appropriate.

“He has caused very considerable distress to Mr Burrell, not least he had to give evidence before the court.

“Your client is clearly not well mentally but I think an absolute discharge is stretching the court’s generosity too far.”

He ordered a report to be carried out by Haringey’s social services which, along with “some mental health input”, will form the basis of a supervision order.

This will be imposed at a future hearing on a date to be fixed, the court heard.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Crisis averted! But not until after an animal rescue officer was called in to investigate.

Read more

You always have to look up to everyone else. Literally.

Read more

No, us neither – but best-selling author Patrick Woodhead has.

Read more

Promoted content

We've got a great selection of Secret Santa presents and stocking fillers for under a tenner...  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Office Secret Santa: it’s a Christmas ritual that everyone dreads, but no-one wants to seem like a Scrooge by saying no. Never fear, London24 is here to make buying gifts for Dave in Accounts simple and stress-free, with a selection of presents for under a tenner

Money saving Christmas gifts to add to your shopping list!

It’s nearly time to go on the hunt for Christmas presents, stuck on what to get for your nearest and dearest? We’ve picked out a selection of great deals to get you started and to help you save some pennies!

Crisis averted! But not until after an animal rescue officer was called in to investigate.

Now experts have been called in to help it get back to water.

From the Earth’s elliptical orbit to the scheduling of Christmas, the winter solstice is as scientifically complex as it is culturally significant.

The introduction of the Genomic Medicine Centres is seen a a genetic revolution in the NHS, but why?

Quirky London