Missing Ghodratollah Barani killed a man in 2013

By Luke King in Community News

A MISSING care home resident who is known to frequent the Bromley area killed a man in 2013, police revealed this morning.

Afghani Ghodratollah Barani, 31, was last seen at his care home in Hill Road, Croydon at about 6pm on Thursday, May 11. He has been a resident at the care home since November 2015, receiving treatment for a psychotic disorder.

Earlier today, Detective Chief Inspector Richard McDonagh from Croydon CID said: "In 2013 Ghodratollah pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility after he killed a man in Trafalgar Square.

"He has been receiving treatment since his conviction and his care providers have indicated that despite his conviction his current state of mind leads them to believe that he could be a danger to himself.

"It is important that Ghodratollah is found as we need to ensure his safety. Those caring for him have suggested that with the care and treatment he has been receiving over the years, he is not currently in the same place as he was when he committed the offence, but we cannot be complacent.

"My team has searched through hours of CCTV and have carried out a number of enquiries. We know that Ghodratollah boarded a Route 109 bus near Thornton Heath Pond and travelled to Norbury at about 10pm on the night he disappeared. There has not been a confirmed sighting of him since and this is out of character.

"We do not want the public to be alarmed but we do want them to be vigilant, if you think you have seen Ghodratollah at any point over the last week or have any information as to his whereabouts then please do get in contact."

Ghodratollah requires regular medication, but has none with him. Without his medication, his mental health is expected to deteriorate and there are concerns that he could act in a violent manner.

He is around 5ft 6ins tall, with a medium build and a broad face. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a green hooded top. Ghodratollah is known to frequent the Croydon, Bromley and central London areas and has also lived in Sheffield.

Anyone who sees Ghodratollah should not approach him, but call 999 immediately. If you have information on his whereabouts can contact police in Croydon via 101 or by tweeting @MetCC.

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