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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The charity Mind say pensioner's death is 'tragic but rare'

A mental health charity has described the death of a pensioner killed by his schizophrenic grandson as tragic but incredibly rare.

Earlier today the coroner at his inquest recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.

The social care team were criticised for failing to assess William Barnard's mental state before he killed the 84-year-old at his home in Stapleford in Nottinghamshire.

This was undoubtedly a tragic incident with fatal consequences but it’s important to recognise that such cases are incredibly rare. More than half a million people live with severe mental health problems such as schizophrenia, but people with mental health problems are extremely unlikely to be dangerous."

– Mental Health charity Mind

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