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Parent killer Chang sent to secure hospital

Updated: 5:02 pm, May 07, 2015

A SOLIHULL man who killed his mother and father in a frenzied attack has been sent to a secure psychiatric hospital.

Carl Chang stabbed Pin Cheng Chang, 59, and his wife Quoi, 50, at the family home in Hermitage Road in the early hours of July, 7, 2014.

Carl Chang, 23, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

He was handed the indefinite hospital order at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday (January 19).

Police officers went to the Chang household in the early hours of the morning with ambulance colleagues who were called to the family home following a report Chang had threated to harm himself.

Following a full medical assessment, where a referral was made to his GP and with no crimes committed, they left.

An hour later, Chang’s 18-year-old sister – who had been in bed – heard an argument between him and their mother Quoi.

Her mother screamed, prompting dad Pin to run downstairs to his wife and son.

The teenager followed and found her mother injured and ran to a neighbour’s house for help.

When officers arrived they found the body of Quoi in the garden and Pin Cheng’s body in the living room.

Having killed his parents Chang attempted to kill himself and he was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and was transferred to a mental health unit where he has remained.

The investigation which followed their deaths, found that in the weeks leading up to incident, the 23-year-old former student had stopped busking in Solihull town centre and had become reclusive.

Relatives described how Chang, who had dropped out of studying music at the University of Manchester, had amassed a debt of £4,000 and turned to cannabis to ‘cope with the stress’.

Speaking after the court order was imposed Detective Inspector Martin Slevin, who led the investigation said from a policing point of view, the order saw the close of a tragic case but for Chang, his brother and his sister, their agony continues.

He added: “Pin and Quoi Chang lost their lives at the hands of their son who was experiencing a severe bout of mental ill health.

“That day not only saw the senseless loss of life but the devastation of a close and loving family.

“I hope that the end of criminal proceedings will allow the family to continue the long and difficult path to rebuilding their lives in some way.”

Forensic teams examined the surrounding area with a fine tooth comb.

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