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Grandfather stabbed by grandson was 'a guiding light'

John McGrath was killed by his grandson in 2009 Credit: ITV News Central

The family of an 81 year old man who was stabbed to death by his grandson have released a tribute to John McGrath - describing him as a guiding light in their lives.

The grandfather was killed by William Barnard in July 2009 at his home in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire. Barnard also injured his 84 year old grandmother Mabel.

The family said:

"He was a tremendous guiding light in our lives and we are extremely proud of him. He was someone whom we all deeply loved and admired we were blessed to be able to say he was our Dad.

"His influence on us and our families was immense and the loss has left a great void in our lives and the rawness and our grief even after 5 years is still as strong.

"What has compounded our grief is the fact that we have to watch our mum dealing with her grief; she is tortured daily by the flashbacks of that day and having to somehow carry on without her husband, the man who was her reason for living.

"She wishes she hadn’t survived and that she had gone with him. It will take a very long time for our grief to pass, if indeed it ever does."

Inquest of an 81 year old man stabbed to death by his grandson begins

An inquest has begun in Nottingham on an 81 year old man stabbed to death by his grandson.

John McGrath was killed by William Barnard in July 2009 at Mr McGrath's home in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire. Barnard also injured his 84 year old grandmother Mabel.

Barnard, who has schizophrenia, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and wounding, and is now a patient at Rampton high security hospital.

A report in 2012 found health workers had missed vital chances to assess the state of Barnard's mind. John McGrath's family have fought for an inquest for two and a half years as they believe his death could have been prevented.

The hearing at the Council House is expected to last two weeks.

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Twenty-one people evacuated after flat fire in Nottingham

Twenty-one people had to be evacuated in the early hours of this morning after a fire at a block of flats in Stapleford in Nottingham.

Fire services were called to an address in Gibbons avenue at quarter-to-six this morning.

Two adults and a three-year-old girl were taken to the Queen's Medical Centre with light smoke inhalation.

Another person was treated with minor injuries at the scene.

The British Red Cross set up temporary shelters for the other residents in the complex who were asked to leave their homes for safety reasons as the frie had spread into the roof space.

They have now been let back inside.

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