E-mail 'hoaxers' face charges
August 15, 2001
Gwent Police are charging three employees of a Cardiff-based research company with forgery after sending a hoax e-mail to a man who later killed his 12-year-old daughter.
Businessman Philip Andrew Hall who suffered from a psychiatric illness, stabbed his daughter Emma to death as she slept at their home at Whitelye in the Wye Valley in Monmouthshire.
Hall was being treated for manic depression and schizophrenia when he stabbed his daughter Emma to death with a single knife wound in July last year.
At his trial last December he said he killed her because he believed she would be reincarnated.
He was cleared of murder by a jury at Swansea Crown Court on the grounds of insanity, but will be detained indefinitely in a secure institution.