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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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

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