North East

51 known cases 1993 – 2013
14 inquiry reports

In addition to the individual homicide inquiry reports available here, in May 2008 NHS North East published a review of all local mental health homicides between January 2002 and May 2008.

They found 36 mental health homicides occurred in the area during that time

By contrast only 13 cases have been found in press reports for the same period (involving 17 victims).

The review is available on the health authority’s website at: http://www.northeast.nhs.uk/_assets/media/pdf/NE08_184(1).pdf

Date Victim Location Event Comment download
Mar-94 Nickki Conroy (12) Middlesbrough Psychotic man breaks into school and repeatedly and fatally stabs girl.    
Jun-94 Rosie Palmer (3) Hartlepool MH patient abused, killed and kept 3 year old victims body in plastic bag at home. Ind Inq 1996  
Feb-95 William Taylor (74) Tees HA Psychotic MH patient fatally stabs father. Ind Inq 1996  
May-95 Halina Szymczuk Ashington, North-umberland Mentally ill man fatally stabbed neighbour (murdering Mother-in law 1976). Ind Inq 1996  
Jun-95 Douglas Heathwaite Co Durham MH homicide of stranger. Ind Inq 1998  
Jul-95 Jamie Hemy (7 mnths) Wallsend, Tyne &Wear Schizophrenic woman repeatedly stabs baby 70 times.    
Jul-95 Eileen McLachlan Newcastle/ Tyne area Schizophrenic kills mother. Ind Inq 1997  
May-97 Eric Kirby Bishop Auckland MH homicide of partner. Ind Inq 2000  
Jun-97 Peter McNamee Stockton MH homicide of girlfriend's ex. Ind Inq 1999  
Dec-97 David Turnbull Co Durham MH homicide Ind Inq 2000  
Mar-98 James Byrne Sunderland MH Homicide Ind Inq 1999  
Oct-99 Q County Hospital Durham MH homicide Ind Inq 2003  
Mar-00 Ashley Wills (5) Cramlington, North-umberland Paranoid Schizophrenic kills sister and her son in frenzied attack. Ind Inq 2002  
Mar-00 Caroline Wills Cramlington, North-umberland Paranoid Schizophrenic kills sister and her son in frenzied attack. Ind Inq 2002  
Jun-00 Abdul Ghafoor Middlesbrough MH patient attacks victim with hammer (+PD) Ind Inq 2002  
Jan-01 John Jeffries Hartlepool MH patient fatally and repeatedly battered victim with rock. Iind Inq 2003 - Previous threats of violence with knives.  
Mar-01 David Huitson Newcastle Schizophrenic stabbed victim who had given evidence against him in another stabbing case. Ind Inq 2004 - history of previous violence.  
Sep-01 Lenny Leak Gateshead Fatally poured petrol over flatmate and lit it during argument. Ind Inq 2004 - history of previous violence.  
Nov-01 William Pyle (77) Bishop Auckland Psychotic woman repeatedly batters and stabs father and sets house alight.    
Aug-02 Jean Charlton (71) Washington Paranoid Schizophrenic man fatally stabs mother 15 times and attempts to decapitate her.    
Sep-02 Elizabeth Gallagher North Tyneside MH patient stabbed wife. Ind Inq 2005. Had previously threatened to kill wife. download pdf report
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Feb-03 Paul Best Easington Mentally disordered man fatally stabs youth on 18th birthday Learning disabilities with history of violence  
Aug-03 Sarah Jane Coghlan Middlesbrough MH patient fatally stabs woman with bayonet (6mnths after release for previous murder). Ind Inq 2006 download pdf report
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Aug-03 Lee Johnson Newcastle Paranoid schizophrenic repeatedly stabs neighbour. Ind Inq 2008 download pdf report
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Oct-03 Nusrat Alrahi Newcastle Mentally ill man strangles wife Receiving MH treatment - 3 yrs community order  
Oct-03 Ian Lawson Sunderland Paranoid schizophrenic fatally and repeatedly stabbed Lawson, then fatally attacked Richardson with a Razor. Ind Inq 2007 download pdf report
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Oct-03 Simon Richardson Sunderland Paranoid schizophrenic fatally and repeatedly stabbed Lawson, then fatally attacked Richardson with a Razor. Ind Inq 2007 download pdf report
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Jan-04 Colin Johnson Sunderland Paranoid schizophrenic kills former school friend with an axe. long history of increasing MH problems. Family asked MH for help 83 times before incident. download pdf report
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Feb-04 Olive Garvie Jesmond Pensioner MH Homicide. Review, previous violence. Poor teamwork.  
Jun-04 Lynda Lovett South Shields MH patient fatally stabbed partner 40 times. Parents had taken him to be sectioned hours earlier but released. download pdf report
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Nov 04 Alison McNally Gateshead Mentally ill man fatally smothers wife Depressive illness. Indefinite hospital order  
Jan-05 Robert Carter New Marske, Redcar Psychiatric patient batters disabled landlord to death Had begged to be admitted to psych hosp days before. PD  
Aug-05 Alexander Gallon (4 months) Newcastle Deluded and depressed mother kills baby by arson. Mental Health history. SCR 2006 download pdf report
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Jan-06 Maurice Hilton Peterlee Mentally ill woman fatally stabs partner. Long MH history, previous violence, tragic history, critical inquiry download pdf report
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May-06 Colin Anderson Newcastle Recently released mentally ill man (with depressive LD accomplice) batters man and throws him off tower block. Recently released after psychotic episode. Ind Inq due. download pdf report
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May- 06 Ashleigh Ewing Heaton, Newcastle Paranoid schizophrenic fatally stabbed mental health worker 39 times with four knives. Prev. attacked parents with hammer (GBH). Prev. arrested at Buck Pal threatening Queen. Refused medication, realised was danger to others. download pdf report
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Jul-06 Peter Purcell Benwell, Newcastle Psychopathic former soldier executed family members PTSD? Inq due download pdf report
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Jul-06 Joyce Purcell Benwell, Newcastle Psychopathic former soldier executed family members. PTSD? Inq due
Jul-06 Keith Purcell Benwell, Newcastle Psychopathic former soldier executed family members. PTSD? Inq due
Jul-06 Glen Purcell Benwell, Newcastle Psychopathic former soldier executed family members. PTSD? Inq due
Oct-06 John Morrison Darlington Mentally ill man fatally strangles drinking companion Psych evidence of mental disorder at time  
Jun-08 Michelle Taylor Walker, Newcastle Mentally ill man fatally stabs ex-wife.    
Dec-08 Williamina Valentine (84) Newcastle Psychotic mentally ill man fatally suffocates mother after missing medication.    
Jan-09 Tony Petersen Newcastle MH patient fatally batters disabled man with claw hammer Critical Inquiry report (Graham 2013) download pdf report
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Jun-09 Ralph Stephenson (86) Durham Mentally ill man fatally strangles father History of depression & alcohol abuse  
Jan-10 Bevin Shapung (11 mnths) North Shields Mentally ill woman kills baby and unsucessfully attempts suicide Previous MH history download pdf report
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Aug-10 Christy Ruddell (2) Peterlee Mentally ill mother fatally strangled son Family had struggled to get help  
May-11 Jessica Braithwaite (7) Redcar Mentally ill man sets house on fire killing daughter (intended to kill entire family) MH history  
Oct-11 Michell Harrison HMP Frankland Mental Health patient (PD) fatally stabs fellow prisoner History of violence, warned MH nurse he wanted to kill.  
May 13 Sybil Sibthorpe (80) Darlington Mentally disordered man fatally batters pensioner in sustained assault    
May 13 May Stokoe Sunderland Mentally ill man fatally stabs wife then himself Had warned of harming her before, stopped meds  

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