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Fine for care home over stabbing

The Abacus House nursing home in Dunstable where a care worker was stabbed to death in 2007. Photo: ITV Anglia

A care home owner and NHS Trust have been fined £890,000 with costs after a care worker was stabbed to death by a patient.

58-year-old Kathleen Bainbridge from Luton was attacked with a kitchen knife by Stephen Flatt at Abacus House in Princes Street, Dunstable on 24 August 2007.

Stephen Flatt who stabbed care home worker Kathleen Bainbridge to death in Dunstable in 2007. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Health & Safety investigation found that Abacus House was not the correct facility for Flatt who was suffering from Bi-polar disorder. He had been placed there by Hertfordshire NHS Trust. Staff at the home had no expertise or training in how to deal with people showing violent behaviour.

Both the trust and Chelvanayagam Menna, the owner of Abacus House, which has since closed, were found guilty of breaching Health & Safety laws at Luton Crown Court last month.

Menna was fined £75,000 with £338,996 costs and the Hertfordshire NHS Partnership Trust was fined £150,000 with £326,346.

Scenes of Crime Officers investigating the stabbing at Abacus House, Dunstable in 2007 Credit: ITV Anglia