Family rejects report on drug addict murder
The family of a grandfather stabbed to death by a mental health patient after he left a newsagent, today criticised a report into the case as seriously flawed and totally inadequate.
Philip Hendy, 75, a father of three, was knifed twice in the back and neck by mentally-ill Stephen Newton after paying his newspaper bill near his home in Bristol in April 2007.
Newton, a delusional drug addict, was jailed for life two years after being convicted of murder.
Following the case, NHS South West commissioned an inquiry into whether there were failures in the care Newton received from the Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Mental Health Trust.
The 100 page report, published today, found the murder could not reasonably have been predicted or prevented and the responsibility for the death of Mr Hendy lies with Newton.
However, the report does identify a number of areas of poor practice, serious omissions and concern about the Trust's policies and procedures.
Mr Hendy's son, Julian, a documentary film maker from Leeds, was critical of the findings and maintained Newton should never have been free to walk the streets.
He said: "Although today's report highlights a string of extremely serious failures by health care workers, shockingly it finds the killing was not preventable.
"We do not accept this finding. It ignores the repeated, basic failings in care. We believe that had these failings not occurred, in all probability our Dad would still be alive today."
Costa Concordia: Shipment of Mob drugs was hidden aboard cruise liner when it hit rocks off Italian coast, investigators say
Germanwings crash: Captain of doomed plane was only 'on board because he changed job to spend more time with his children'
Iran nuclear talks: Prospect of deal with Iran pushes Saudi Arabia and Israel into an unlikely alliance
A new (old) cure for MRSA? Revolting recipe from the Dark Ages may be key to defeat infection
Jeremy Clarkson 'could be given minder' ahead of a potential Top Gear return
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
- 1 Replica Back to the Future Hoverboard released
- 2 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 3 Brixton squat flats now costing up to £3k per month show how out of control rent is in London
- 4 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims