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Swindon man sent to secure hospital for killing his parents

Timothy Crook was convicted of killing his parents. Credit: Wiltshire Police

A paranoid schizophrenic who "brutally" killed his elderly parents has been sentenced to life in a secure hospital.

51-year-old Timothy Crook is believed to have attacked his parents Robert Crook, 83, and Elsie Crook, 76, in the bedroom of their home in Swindon in 2007, strangling them with a belt and bludgeoning them with a hammer.

After the killings Crook put his parents' bodies in the back of their car, drove them 150 miles to a house he owned in Lincoln, and dumped them under wheelie bins.

He was convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility by a jury at Bristol Crown Court earlier this month.

Today a judge sentenced the former Ministry of Defence employee to a minimum life term of 16 years. The eight years he has already served in custody count towards this time.

Psychiatric patient convicted of killing his parents to be sentenced

Timothy Crook was convicted of killing his parents. Credit: Wiltshire Police

A man from Swindon who killed his parents in 2007 will be sentenced later today.

A jury found Timothy Crook guilty of manslaughter due to diminished responsibility last week.

The 50-year-old denied killing Bob and Elsie Crook, whose bodies were found under wheelie bins at a house he owned in Lincoln.

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Parents pleaded in vain for help for mentally ill son

Timothy Crook's parents, Bob and Elsie Crook

Bristol Crown Court heard that for years, his parents, Bob and Elsie Crook, pleaded with the mental health services to help him. But he refused to engage with them and they refused to intervene.

Timothy Crook had a long history of mental illness. In 2002, he was diagnosed as delusional and schizophrenic. A doctor described him as 'a bomb waiting to go off.' He was sectioned but successfully appealed the order and went back to live with his mother and father in Swindon - where in 2007 he battered them to death.

Bob and Elsie Crook were a well known couple in Swindon. They ran a weekly dance club. But when they failed to show for the first time, friends became suspicious and called the police. What detectives discovered was the horrific end of a brutal attack.

Ch Insp Deb Smith from Wiltshire Police described what happened.

It has taken eight years for the case to reach trial as Timothy Crook has been too unwell to enter a plea.

Timothy Crook was found not guilty of his murdering his parents but was found guilty of manslaughter through diminished responsibility.

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership says the deaths of Mr and Mrs Crook has influenced the way their work.

You can read its statement here.

Mental health trust statement over parent killings

Timothy Crook, a psychiatric patient, has been convicted of killing his parents Credit: Wiltshire Police

A mental health patient has been convicted of killing his elderly parents. The court heard Timothy Crook's family pleaded with health workers for them to intervene in the months and years leading up to their deaths.

He battered Bob and Elsie Crook to death in their Swindon bungalow in July 2007. He dumped their bodies 150 miles away - under a wheelie bin.

He was found not guilty of their murder but was found guilty of manslaughter through diminished responsibility.

The Avon & Wiltshire mental health trust says that the deaths have influenced the way they work.

Improvements have been made and the service has moved forward in the last four years.

This incident continues to influence our thinking in the way we improve our services, particularly when patients and families are in need.

It is very hard when people don’t want to engage with our services but we are confident that a tragic event is less likely to happen in the future.

– Spokesperson, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

Timothy Crook found guilty of killing his parents

Timothy Crook has been found guilty of manslaughter of his parents Credit: Police

A Swindon man has been found not guilty of murder but guilty of the manslaughter of his elderly parents.

50-year-old Timothy Crook had denied killing Bob and Elsie Crook, whose bodies were found under wheelie bins at a house he owned in Lincoln in 2007.

Crook was found guilty of manslaughter through diminished responsibility. He will be sentenced next week.

Timothy Crook's parents, Bob and Elsie Crook

Swindon man denies killing parents eight years ago

50-year-old Timothy Crook denies murder. Credit: Wiltshire Police

A man from Swindon charged with the murder of his elderly parents in 2007 denies killing them.

The bodies of Bob and Elsie Crook were found under wheelie bins at a house owned by their son Timothy in Lincoln, Bristol Crown Court has heard. The court heard they had been first killed at their home in Swindon.

50-year-old Timothy Crook has told the court that he drove his parents to Lincoln while they were alive, and that they were killed by someone else afterwards.

The trial continues.

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Mental health problems in men linked to domestic abuse

Mental health problems in men linked to domestic abuse Credit: PA: Dominic Lipinski

Men experiencing or perpetrating domestic violence linked with two to three-fold increase in mental health problems according to a University of Bristol study.

Questionnaires were distributed across 16 GP practices in the South West and were completed by 1,368 men aged 18 years and above.

The findings indicate there is a higher likelihood of men who present symptoms of anxiety and depression in primary care could be the victims or perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse.

Researchers found men who used some form of negative behaviour towards their partners were three to five times more likely to report symptoms of anxiety than non-perpetrators.

However, the study found no strong association between domestic violence and abuse with excessive drinking or cannabis use.

The research was led by Professor Marianne Hester from the University and is now calling on GPs urged to ask male patients with anxiety or depression about domestic violence.

Research on domestic violence and abuse has largely focused on women and there is a lack of research on men, both as victims and perpetrators.

The findings from this study are important as they suggest that when men present to GPs with anxiety or depression, they should be asked about domestic violence and abuse as there is a higher likelihood that they will be victims or perpetrators.

The findings are consistent with previous studies, which found that mental health problems are more common in men who either perpetrate or experience domestic violence and abuse, and serve as an important indicator to clinicians.

– Professor Marianne Hester OBE, lead author of the study and Head of the Centre for Gender and Violence Research at Bristol's School for Poli

Breaking into news: Why is mental health funding so low?

One in four adults will suffer from mental health problems at some stage in their lives - and many campaigners believe funding to tackle the issue remains woefully inadequate.

That was the motivation for one young woman to contact ITV West Country - and make a film about her experiences of living with mental illness.

Katie Noonan from Honiton did that as part of our Breaking into News initiative at ITV - a scheme aimed at giving young people the chance to get involved in broadcasting.

She's received the support of not only her family and friends but her local MP.

Watch her full report, and listen to Katie live in the studio, on ITV WestCountry tonight at 6pm.

Here, Ben Bradshaw tells Katie what he thinks of her efforts.

Swindon man charged with murdering parents 8 years ago

Timothy Crook is accused of murdering his parents Credit: Wiltshire Police

A Swindon man is due in court tomorrow charged with murdering his parents 8 years ago. 50 year old Timothy Crook is charged with the murder of his elderly parents Robert and Elsie Crook in 2007. Their bodies were found in a house that he owned in Lincoln. Wiltshire Police say he was declared unfit to enter a plea at the time due to a mental illness, but is now deemed fit to stand trial. He will appear at Bristol Crown Court.

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