Inquest into man killed by schizophrenic grandson

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 in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire. Barnard also injured his 84 year old grandmother Mabel.

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Mental health worker tells inquest he should have identified risk to family

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

A mental health worker, who cared for a schizophrenic man who stabbed his grandfather to death, has told an inquest that he should have identified the risk to his family.

William Barnard, from Stapleford in Nottingham, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of John McGrath on the grounds of diminished responsibility in 2010.

Today, one of his outreach team, Jim Smith, who tried to visit him on the morning of the attack, told a judge at Nottingham Coroners Court that he did not think he had enough evidence to request a police warrant to enter William's house.

The inquest is expected to last until the end of next week.

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