Grandson who murdered pensioner was suspect in armed robbery

John McGrath was killed by his grandson
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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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.