Explosives maker will return to hospital in Purley
A transsexual who sparked the evacuation of a mental hospital by building homemade explosives will return there as part of her sentence.
Angie Dews, was given a two year community order and mental health treatment at Croydon Crown Court on Monday, after she earlier pleaded guilty to three counts of making improvised explosive devices.
She will reside at the Southleigh Community Hospital, in Brighton Road, Purley, which had to be evacuated on January 18 this year after the discovery of the bombs she had built to prove she could have been an army bomb disposal expert.
Dews, formerly known as Mark Camm, has a previous conviction of manslaughter after she killed her partner in 1997 and was convicted in 1998.
Judge Jeremy Gold, who had previously postponed the sentencing for a psychiatric report to be prepared on Dews, said he believed she did not pose a great risk to society.
He said: "It is apparent you were not thinking clearly when you made the improvised devices. Despite your previous conviction, that is all in the past.
"It does not seem to me that you present a risk to the community at large. You must not do this again, however desperate you are in your life.
He added: "There are people who will help you so don’t do this again. The workers at the Southleigh Community Hospital will no doubt welcome you back.
"They will help you come to terms with your mental health problems."
Officers were called to the mental hospital on January 18, after her step mum called the police to say Dews had told her she had a gun and was going to kill herself.
When police arrived at the scene they found the five devices and evacuated the home for safety purposes.
Specialised officers were called to the hospital and confirmed that the items were viable explosive devices.
Dews wanted to prove that she could make it in the army which led to her making the explosive devices.
She wanted to be a bomb specialist but failed the exam by two questions. She said the interviewer told her she would never make it as a bomb expert.
Dews, who suffers from psychotic episodes which are controlled by medication, was living at the hospital which cares for men and women who have complex mental health needs.