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NHS apologises following death of man killed by schizophrenic grandson

The NHS have apologised for failings that led to the death of a man who was repeatedly stabbed by his grandson.

34-year-old William Barnard, who has schizophrenia, killed 81-year-old John McGrath at his home in Stapleford in Nottinghamshire.

Prior to the inquest the Trust had completed its own internal investigation in 2010 and commissioned a further external independent review of William Barnard’s care. We have previously acknowledged the failings that occurred in our services in 2009 but would like to reassure members of the public that significant changes have been made in the intervening five years..

We have listened carefully to the Coroner’s conclusion and note that the Coroner has acknowledged that the Trust has implemented significant changes over the past five years. We hope that this inquest has helped answer any remaining questions that the family has and brings them some closure.

– Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust statement

Coroner records unlawful killing at inquest for man killed by schizophrenic grandson

John McGrath was killed by his grandson Credit: ITV News Central

A coroner has recorded an unlawful killing at the inquest into the death of a pensioner killed by his schizophrenic grandson.

The social care team were criticised for failing to assess the mental state of a man who stabbed his grandfather to death in 2009.

William Barnard, who has schizophrenia, killed 84-year-old John McGrath at his home in Stapleford in Nottinghamshire.

He has already pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of demolished responsibility.

The coroner said no one agency is responsible

Police have also been criticised for failing to arrest Barnard for an earlier incident involving a machete.

Read: Inquest into man killed by schizophrenic grandson


Three arrested after stabbing outside city centre bar

Police have closed Byard Lane in Nottingham city centre after the stabbing Credit: ITV News Central/Peter Bearne

Police have arrested three men after a 22-year-old man was stabbed outside a bar in Nottingham city centre in the early hours of this morning.

The disturbance happened outside late night venue Dogma Credit: ITV News Central/Peter Bearne

Officers were called to Dogma on Byard lane after reports of a disturbance at 2:40am, where they found the man with stab wounds.

He was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre where police say his condition is being assessed.

Forensic teams have been gathering evidence at the scene of the stabbing all morning Credit: ITV News Central/Peter Bearne

Three men in their twenties are being held by police in connection with the stabbing.

REPORT: Mansfield couple found guilty of murdering parents

A woman and her husband are facing a life sentence after being convicted of murdering her parents and burying them in their own back garden in Mansfield.

The bodies of William and Patricia Wycherley lay undiscovered for 15 years and were unearthed by police last year.

Today, their daughter, Susan Edwards, and her husband, Christopher, were found guilty of their murder.

Phil Brewster reports.

Mansfield couple 'took £300,000 from Wycherley's'

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Griffin from East Midlands Major Crime Unit says Susan and Christopher Edwards had taken around £300,000 from her parents.

The couple were today convicted of murdering William and Patricia Wycherley.

They are due to be sentenced on Monday.

Grandson who murdered pensioner was suspect in armed robbery

John McGrath was killed by his grandson Credit: ITV News Central

The inquest into the death of an 81-year-old man has heard how his grandson, who was also his killer, was a suspect in an attempted robbery involving a machete 2 months earlier.

William Barnard pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of John McGrath on the grounds of demolished responsibility in 2010.

He had previously been diagnosed as having schizophrenia.

Today the inquest into his death heard that despite William being a suspect in the robbery, and his mental health history being known to police, no attempt was ever made to arrest him. The inquest continues.


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Mansfield couple swindled £245K from murders

After killing "reclusive" William and Patricia Wycherley at Nottingham Crown Court, Susan and Christopher Edwards swindled £245,000 over the next 15 years by pretending they were alive.

They continued to collect their benefits and pension payments, and sold their home with the bodies buried under the back garden, in August 2005.

The debt-ridden couple stole £245,000 from their parents, through falsely claiming benefits and selling their home. Credit: Press Association

The couple,who had been in "severe financial difficulties" for much of their relationship, were more than £160,000 in debt when they were arrested last October.

Despite their debts, they spent thousands on film memorabilia including signed photos and autographs of Gary Cooper and Frank Sinatra.

The couple spent thousands on film memorabilia, such as signed photographs. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police
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Couple said they buried parents after Eurovision

During the trial, Susan Edwards admitted the manslaughter of her mother but claimed she had been provoked. She claimed her mother had shot her father while she was staying with them, and during an argument afterwards said she shot her mother.

Read: Woman tells jury she 'lost it' and shot her mother

Christopher Edwards, who held a firearms certificate, told the court his wife only told him what she had done after they travelled to Mansfield by coach a week later.

The couple buried Susan's parents in their back garden. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

He claimed they buried the bodies early on a Sunday morning after watching the Eurovision Song Contest on TV on May 9.

But prosecutors said the Wycherleys were gunned down for their money and buried the weekend before by both defendants.

The jury in the trial of Susan and Christopher Edwards took just six hours to convict them of murder.

Police: Mansfield murder couple 'cold and calculating'

Susan and Christopher Edwards had 15 years to come up with an account of what happen that night in May 1998. In their interviews they didn’t stray from a well rehearsed script, and even used the same words and turns of phrases. I wonder whether they had started to believe their own lies. The Edwards’ acted with cold calculation and meticulousness, killing and burying in an unmarked grave to be forgotten the people who raised Susan. They then spent the next 15 years exploiting and profiting from it."

– Detective Chief Inspector Rob Griffin led the inquiry
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