A coroner has been criticised for refusing to hold a “full and fearless” inquest into murder of autistic man killed by a dangerous criminal just out of prison on licence.
The family of Christopher Laskaris said that the failures of the local authorities including the police had “only deepened our distress”.
The 24-year-old was stabbed to death in his home in Leeds in November 2016 by Philip Craig, a drug dealer with a history of violent offences who had been released from prison just two months earlier.
His mother Fiona Laskaris told the two day hearing at Wakefield Coroner’s Court that her son would “never have met his killer” if police had not broken down his door to check on him during a mental health episode five days before his death.
The family say that officers failed to make sure the flat was properly secure.
Ms Laskaris and her daughter Cara have since campaigned for answers about why he was not properly diagnosed or given more support in the community, where he was left open to “abuse and exploitation”.
They had called for a full inquest to be heard with a jury but their requests were refused by West Yorkshire area coroner Jonathan Leach.