Julia James' killer 'ignored by mental health teams' his father claims

EXCLUSIVE Julia Jameskiller ‘was ignored by mental health teams for seven years’: Loner’s father says he tried to get his son help but the only treatment he received was at Broadmoor after he battered PCSO to death

  • Callum Wheeler, 22, has been found guilty of PCSO Julia James’ moord
  • Police said he was a jobless loner with no friends who stayed in his room mainly
  • His father John said he had mental health issues but did not get help
  • The father of the loner who battered PCSO Julia James to death while she walked her dog today blamed social services for her murder.

    Callum Wheeler had suffered from a series of mental health issues over the last seven years, claims his dad John Wheeler.

    Praat eksklusief met MailOnline, Mr Wheeler said he had sought help for his son ‘not too longbefore he killed Mrs Jamesbut was ignored by mental health teams.

    Mr Wheeler claimed the only treatment his son has ever received was behind bars at Broadmoor after the killing.

    Me Wheeler said: ‘In terms of my son’s mental health, there’s been issues over the last seven years, while he was living in London and Kent.

    ‘I referred him for help not too long before he did what he did but I don’t want to say too much more because it’s an ongoing situation.

    ‘The problem is that he’s never had any proper treatment until he got to Broadmoor even though he had been referred to mental health teams in the past.

    ‘I think it’s important now that all the psychiatric reports go forward to the judge so she can make her decision.

    Callum Wheeler, 22, was found guilty at Canterbury Crown Court of the murder of police community support officer Julia James

    Callum Wheeler, 22, was found guilty at Canterbury Crown Court of the murder of police community support officer Julia James

    Sy seun, described as 'angry, violent and strange' and a 'complete and utter loner', ambushed the 53-year-old mother-of-two in Ackholt Wood near her home in Snowdown, Kent, at around 2.30pm on April 27 laas jaar. (Op die foto: John Wheeler at his home)

    Sy seun, described as ‘angry, violent and strangeand a ‘complete and utter loner’, ambushed the 53-year-old mother-of-two in Ackholt Wood near her home in Snowdown, Kent, at around 2.30pm on April 27 laas jaar. (Op die foto: John Wheeler at his home)

    Julia James, 53, died from head injuries near Ackholt Wood, close to her home in Snowdown in Kent, op April 27 laas jaar

    Julia James, 53, died from head injuries near Ackholt Wood, close to her home in Snowdown in Kent, op April 27 laas jaar

    ‘Asked if he had anything to say to Mrs James’ familie, Mr Wheeler, gesê: ‘What can I say other than I’m so sorry it happened.

    Speaking outside his home, he said he had not been on the end of any vigilante attacks, toevoeging: ‘I plan to stay here in Aylesham, I’ve been here a year and it’s been ok, there’s not been any issues really.

    A jury of eight women and four men took just 73 minutes to decide Wheeler, also described as ‘angry, violent and strange’, had ambushed the 53-year-old mother-of-two in Ackholt Wood near her home in Snowdown, Kent, at around 2.30pm on April 27 laas jaar.

    He was caught after a gamekeeper provided a crucial photo of him carrying the murder weapon near the scene.

    The bloodied iron bar, a railway jack, was found in Wheeler’s bedrooom.

    ‘Gaan ons net verby mekaar stap en nie heeldag praat nie, 22, was so isolated he spent most of his time in his bedroom, and barely knew his brother.

    Julia James, 53, died from head injuries near Ackholt Wood, close to her home in Snowdown in Kent, op April 27 laas jaar

    Julia James, 53, died from head injuries near Ackholt Wood, close to her home in Snowdown in Kent, op April 27 laas jaar

    ‘Gaan ons net verby mekaar stap en nie heeldag praat nie, from Aylesham in Kent, was found guilty of murder at Canterbury Crown Court (pictured centre in a court sketch)

    ‘Gaan ons net verby mekaar stap en nie heeldag praat nie, from Aylesham in Kent, was found guilty of murder at Canterbury Crown Court (pictured centre in a court sketch)

    A jury took just 73 minutes to decide Callum Wheeler (op die foto), also described as ‘angry, violent and strange’, had ambushed the 53-year-old mother of two

    A jury took just 73 minutes to decide Callum Wheeler (op die foto), also described as ‘angry, violent and strange’, had ambushed the 53-year-old mother of two

    The jury were shown this image of Wheeler in a field near Ackholt Wood carrying a rucksack with a large object contained in a Tesco carrier bag sticking out the back. The photograph was taken by game keeper Gavin Tucker who gave evidence at the trial

    The jury were shown this image of Wheeler in a field near Ackholt Wood carrying a rucksack with a large object contained in a Tesco carrier bag sticking out the back. The photograph was taken by game keeper Gavin Tucker who gave evidence at the trial

    Killer Callum Wheeler was an isolated ‘loner

    Callum Wheeler was described as ‘a complete and utter lonerwho spied on police as they investigated the death of the woman he had killed.

    The 22-year-old had no known friends, few numbers stored in his mobile phone and would spend most of his time alone in his bedroom.

    In his trial, the jury heard that he accessed a number of pornography websites in the days before and after Julia Jamesdeath and looked up rape.

    He was so isolated that he barely knew his own brother, polisie gesê.

    ‘Gaan ons net verby mekaar stap en nie heeldag praat nie, his father and one brother had moved to the Kent village of Aylesham from London two years before Mrs James died, after Wheeler’s parents separated and his mother stayed in the capital. He also had another brother.

    He was known to go and watch football at the local sports centre on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and played computer games.

    Police said that he had left school around the age of 15 and had no formal qualifications.

    Senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent Gavin Moss said: ‘I would describe him as a complete and utter loner. Normally in our investigations we get into the absolute detail of people, and we find out how they live their life.

    ‘He spent most of his time watching TV in his bedroom. He had no friends, normally we’re able to explore about associates. His mobile telephone had very few contacts on it.

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    He had no known friends, few numbers stored in his mobile phone and would spend most of his time alone in his bedroom.

    The jury heard that Wheeler, who sat in the dock unbuttoning his shirt and staring at the victim’s family, accessed a number of pornography websites in the days before and after Mrs Jamesdeath and looked up rape.

    Wheeler lived with his father and one brother in Aylesham after he moved from London two years before Mrs James died.

    Police said he had no job at the time and was not studying after he left school around the age of 15 with no formal qualifications.

    Kent Police Chief Constable Alan Pughsley said: ‘We may never know why Callum Wheeler went out and committed such a reprehensible crime that day but I hope that Julia’s family can take some comfort that he has been found responsible.

    ‘Gaan ons net verby mekaar stap en nie heeldag praat nie, who lived in Sunshine Corner Avenue, Aylesham, with his father John, and has no previous convictions, had accepted responsibility for killing Mrs James on day one of his trial last week but denied murder at Canterbury Crown Court.

    The prosecution said the ‘extremely violent and sustainedattack with a metal, 3kg railway jack was not ‘a momentary or spontaneous act of ragebut one which he had planned over ‘many weeks’.

    Having lay in wait for a lone, vulnerable female, he confronted 53-year-old Mrs James, who was off duty and not in uniform, at a spot where it was said she had seen him two months earlier and had even described him to her husband Paul as ‘a really weird dude’.

    He had no connection to the mother-of-two, and offered no explanation for what he had done when questioned by the police.

    Mrs James tried to run away but fell to the ground after either tripping in her wellington boots or from the first blow from the jack.

    The court heard as she lay face-down on a bridle path at the edge of a field, Wheeler touched her clothing, including the breast area of her vest top worn underneath a coat and jumper, before repeatedly striking her to her head.