East England

151 known cases 1994 – 2020
81 Inquiries, Reviews and official reports

NHS East of England ordered a review of all local mental health homicides between April 2002 and July 2006 which had not been properly investigated and found some 14 cases.

None of these 14 cases are publicly known.


NHS East of England – Verita Report

02 July 2020Harry HennessyWickfordParanoid schizophrenic repeatedly and fatally kicks fellow care home residentUnfit to plead – found to have done the act
22 June 2020Daniel LittlewoodNorwichMentally disordered man fatally batters friend with concrete blockAdmitted murder charge
03 May 2020Silke Hartshorne-JonesBarham, Nr IpswichPsychotic and depressed man fatally shoots wife with shotgun whilst children in the houseMany previous calls to health professionals 
01 Mar 2020Valerie JozunasWimbish, Saffron WaldenMentally ill man repeatedly and fatally stabbed mother  
09 Feb 2020May Miller (95)HalesworthMan with dementia fatally attacks fellow care home resident with walking stickHad previously refused to be assessedCoroner’s PFD

Council response
02 Dec 2019Harley Watson (12)LoughtonParanoid schizophrenic intentionally and fatally drives at school childrenHad previously told MH services and Police of intention to attack children.Sentencing remarks
27 Nov 2019Katy SpragueCambridgeMentally disordered man fatally strangles fellow resident in supported accommodationConvicted of murder – had asked to be sectioned day before without success.Sentencing remarks
12 Jul 2019Doreen Virgo (89)New Costessy, NorwichDemented man stangles wife after attempting to poison her.Unfit to plead – trial of facts 
26 Apr 2019Abhay Rao (4)NewmarketDepressed woman fatally cuts throat of four-year old son then takes her own lifeSerious Case Review commissioned 
23 Apr 2019Katheeskaran ThavarasaHitchinPsychotic man repeatedly and fatally stabbed friend thinking he was Jesus killing the ‘fake Messiah’Told MH staff 4 days before he was Jesus & being persecuted. Diminished Responsibility case. 
23 Sept 2018Hilda (Frances) Hubbard (76)Brooke, NorfolkMan with dementia fatally stabs wifeUnfit to plead – but found to have done the actDomestic Homicide Review
06 Aug 2018Katherine KempIpswichPsychotic man repeatedly and fatally stabs wife hours before killing himselfOff meds. Coroner criticised crisis team 
23 July 2018George Acres (7)RochfordSchizophrenic woman fatally strangles and drowns young sonFound to be insane at the timeInquiry

Serious Case Review 
19 Dec 2017Doreen Livermore (88)King’s LynnDemented patient fatally attacks another in a care homePatient had assaulted her 3 times previously – Safeguarding Adults Review dueSafeguarding Adults Review – Full

SAR – Exec 
15 Dec 2017Suzanne BrownBraintreeParanoid schizophrenic repeatedly and fatally stabbed partner after meds stoppedFamily warned repeatedly about deteriorationInquiry

DHR Full

DHR Exec 
23 Sept 2017Daniel DayalanJ24 M25 BroxbourneInsane woman speeding on mororway crashes into car killing other driverSentenced to two years supervision order 
05 Aug 2017Peter WrightonEast Harling, NorfolkPsychotic man off meds repeatedly and fatally stabs strangerPreviously told MH workers he wanted to kill 
29 Jul 2017Farnaz AliNorwichMentally disordered man fatally batters neighbour 59 times with a hammer  
25 Jul 2017Natividad NituanRadlettMentally ill man repeatedly and fatally stabbed partner  
20 Jul 2017Geoffrey CatonBury St EdmundsParanoid schizophrenic repeatedly and fatally stabbed acquaintance  
04 Jan 2017Nicholas Daher (85)LetchworthMentally ill man fatally stabbed his father-in-lawConvicted of Manslaughter by diminished reponsibility 
22 Nov 2016Asia TufallCambridgeMentally ill man fatally smothers wife DHR
12 Jul 2016Allison MuncasterMagdalen, NorfolkDepressed man shot his wife and then himself  
07 May 2016Khabi Abrey

Unborn Baby
WestcliffMentally ill man sets fire in block of flats killing neighbour and her unborn baby  
13 Apr 2016Jean RyanFelixstoweMentally disordered man fatally and repeatedly stabbed wife  
24 Mar 2016Amina BegumMaldonMentally ill man fatally stabs mother 37 times  
28 Dec 2015Rita King (81)Walton on the NazeDeluded mentally ill man fatally shoots wife  
24 Dec 2015Katie LockeWaltham CrossRecent Psychiatric patient strangles woman and abuses her bodyHad made prev. threats to kill, recently released from psych.hospitalInquiry

Coroners PFD
17 Dec 2015Kathleen GriffinClactonMentally ill man repeatedly and fatally stabs and punches womanRemained with the body to watch televisionDHR-Exec


09 Dec 2015Terry OjuederiePeterboroughPsychotic man beats cell mate to deathSubstance abuse historyPPO Inv


20 Sept 2015Ashwin DesaiLutonPsychotic man fatally batters stranger with fire extinguisher  
14 Sept 2015Nicola CrossHemel HempsteadParanoid Schizophrenic breaks into strangers house & fatally stabs mother in front of her children  
14 Sept 2015Zakariyyah IslamWhitechapel, LondonMentally ill man fatally stabs healer(out of London patient) 
29 Aug 2015Samantha HoSt NeotsParanoid schizophrenic beheads wife and stabs family dogLong MH historyDHR


22 Jul 2015Gillian Philipps

David Oakes
Stansted MountfitchetMentally ill man fatally attacks mother and her partner, weeks after release from prisonLong MH history – subsequently murdered in prisonInquiry

DHR Full

DHR Exec 
22 Feb 2015Pauline King (82)NorwichMentally ill man beats pensioner to death with two hammersRecently released from psych unit 
09 Dec 2014Bhagwant SinghJ27 M25Insane man drives into HGV causing multiple car fatal collision  
19 Nov 2014Dennis NichollsLowestoftParanoid schizophrenic fatally strangles elderly fatherNot taking meds 
13 Nov 2014Deborah RuseBury St EdmundsMentally ill man fatally batters ex wife with an axe before killing himselfMH Trust in regular contact before death 
24 May 2014Wendy AmbroseBoxted, EssexMan with Dementia fatally shoots wife and then himself  
29 Mar & 17 June 2014James Attfield

Nahid Almanea
ColchesterMentally disordered man repeatedly & fatally stabs strangersDetained in Secure psychiatric hospitalSentencing remarks
12 Mar 2014Alexa-Marie QuinnHatfieldMentally disordered man fatally batters his daughterPsychiatrist was frightened of him during assessmentSERIOUS CASE REVIEW
22 Oct 2013Leonard FlowerLutonMentally ill man repeatedly and fatally stabs neighbourHad been recently seen by Crisis teamSERIOUS CASE REVIEW SUMMARY
26 Sep 2013Tolu KalejaiyeWickfordParanoid Schizophrenic fatally stabs mother Domestic Homicide Review
21 Jun 2013Rebecca Thompson (11)BusheyMentally ill man fatally strangles daughter and attempts suicide  
13 Jun 2013Russell CaponIpswichSchizophrenic repeatedly and fatally stabs childhood friendHistory of mental illnessInquiry
04 May 2013Paul SimonsChelmsfordMentally ill man fatally stabbed, battered and cut man Court of Appeal 
15 Apr 2013Levina Anderson (3)

Addy Anderson (2)

Kyden Anderson (11 mnths)
LowestoftMentally disordered mother kills her three children and then herself Serious Case Review
30 Mar-03 Apr
John Chapman

Lukasz Slaboszewski

Kevin Lee
PeterboroughMentally disordered woman fatally stabs landlord & housematesHad been admitted to psych ward two weeks before 
02 Mar 2013Thomas BairdHemel HempsteadRecent MH patient batters and stabs ex-girlfiend’s fatherPrevious history of violent assaultsINQUIRY REPORT
11 Jan 2013Myrna KirbyCheshuntDepressed man smothers wife and kills himself INQUIRY REPORT
02 Nov 2012Carol CooperClactonMentally disordered man fatally smothers motherLong MH history – previously sectionedDomestic Homicide Review
28 Aug 2012Maureen TylerCray’s Hill, EssexMentally ill man fatally shoots mother then kills himselfMH history – family complaints about MH treatmentDHR
15 Jul 2012Claire ParrishHarlowMentally disordered man fatally batters and stabs partnerMH history, stopped medsDHR
10 Jul 2012PC Ian DibellClactonMentally ill man fatally shoots policeman then kills himselfMH history 
27 Jun 2012Eystna BlunnieHarlowRecent MH patient fatally batters ex fiancee and unborn childDischarged from MH care less than month beforeDomestic Homicide Review
26 Aug 2011Tracy AnsticeFlitwickMentally ill man fatally stabs ex-wife INQUIRY REPORT
24 Jul 2011Jeanette GoodwinSouthendMentally ill man repeatedly and fatally stabs former girlfriendFamily had tried to get get him sectioned 
25 Jun 2011Fred HodsonLutonMentally ill man fatally and repeatedly batters strangers head with hammerAssessed as ‘no danger’ on day of incidentINQUIRY REPORT
25 Feb 2011Albert Wright (80)HainaultMentally ill man fatally stabs elderly relative INQUIRY REPORT
20 Feb 2011Ruth JacobsNeedham MarketMerntally ill man drowns disabled wifeSentenced Sec 37 MHA – no restrictionINQUIRY REPORT 
25 Jun 2010Ramatunnessa Choudhury (70)LutonParanoid schizophrenic repeatedly beat mother to death in front of childrenLong MH history with serious violence. Not taking medsInquiry
30 Apr 2010Sandra CrawfordSt AlbansPsychotic man fatally and repeatedly stabs neighbourFamily took him to hospital day before but released.Inquiry
15 Mar 2010Carol WetherleyNeedhamParanoid Schizophrenic slits mother’s throat claiming Jesus made him do it.MH HistoryInquiry
01 Jan 2010Rosina Waller (88)SouthendMentally ill man fatally batters grandmother  
23 Dec 2009June JumailyLetchworthMental health patient fatally stabs estranged wife in front of daughterHistory of psychosisInquiry
01 Oct 2009Colin Fish (89)Weston Hills nr SpaldingDepressed man fatally strangled elderly friendLong history of mental illness – diminished responsibility 
17 Jun 2009Faith Lovemore (6 wks)CambridgeMentally ill woman kills babyMH HistorySCR


08 May 2009Christine McDonaldNewmarketMentally ill man batters and repeatedly stabs wife then commits suicideHad had CMHT assessment 9 days before 
06 May 2009Mary GriffithsBury StDeluded recent mental health patient kills woman with bolt gun INQUIRY

High Court

26 Apr 2009Colin RickettsLaindon, EssexMentally ill man with paranoid delusions fatally stabs mother’s boyfriend Inquiry
15 Nov 2008Boris ReaveyBedfordParanoid schizophrenic fatally stabs stranger three days after release from psych. hospitallong MH history had been inpatient 15 timesInquiry
20 Sep 2008Ryan WalshCheshuntMental health patient fatally stabs boyfriendMH history w violence – inquiry found many failings in care. Ind inq. 2013 IodemInquiry
11 Sep 2008Brian HaynesPeterboroughMentally disordered man involved in fatal attack on inmateInq found poor care and missed opportunitiesInquiry
26 Aug 2007John RedheadPotters BarMental health patient convicted of murdering ex boyfriendDrug user. Ind inq. 2013 NicheInquiry
24 Aug 2007Kathleen BainbridgeDunstable, BedsMentally ill man fatally stabs care assistant and attempts to kill anotherUnfit to plead. Herts patientINQUIRY REPORT
15-17 Jul 2007Marvaleen LeeBedfordSchizophrenic fatally stabs mother in neck and dismembers bodypleaded guilty by diminished responsibility 
14 Jun 2007Neil OrtonHemel HempsteadLong term MH patient with history of violence fatally stabbed acquaintanceInq found failings in careInquiry
11 Jun 2007PC Johnathan HenryLutonSchizophrenic fatally stabs PC in the neckalleged contact with MH Services 4 days before incidentInquiry
01 Mar 2007Joseph Talby (4)

Paul Talby (2)
PeterboroughMentally ill woman smothers children then hangs herselfMH historySCR
30 Dec 2006Steven JanczukArlesey, BedsMentally ill woman fatally stabs husbandMH HistoryInquiry
01 Nov 2006Marcus WithamColchesterMH patient (w PD and sub-stance abuse problems) fatally stabs partnerCase ‘E’ in Inq. ReportInquiry
26 Sep 2006Newborn baby boyStanford-le-HopeMentally disordered teenager fatally battered new born baby whilst ‘significantly impaired’Infanticide case 
24 May 2006Graham RaynerTavenham, NorfolkParanoid schizophrenic decapitates victim with axe and hides body in boot of carLong MH history. prev. violence. Stopped meds. Inq said Preventable.Inquiry
23 Mar 2006Frank EmpsonHarlowMH patient fatally stabs acquaintanceDrug UserInquiry
22 Mar 2006Adel MakarWestcliff on SeaMH patient fatally stabs father then hangs himself Inquiry
07 Mar 2006Paul ButterworthHoddesdon, HertsPsychotic man strips naked and bludgeons friend’s father to deathSubstance abuse 
21 Feb 2006Mandlemkosi Nelya (Mandla Leya)CambridgeConditionally released psychiatric patient batters friend and leaves him to freeze to deathCase F in Inq report. Verita 2010. History of psychotic illness & prev. violence.Inquiry
15 Jan 2006Terence WhiteleyShenleyMan with Alzheimers drove car into cyclist  
15 Dec 2005Teresa BotwrightLowestoftParanoid Schizophrenic fatally attempts to decapitate mother with samurai swordMH History 
02 Dec 2005Michael BirdBraintreeMH patient fatally strangles acquaintanceCase ‘K’ in Inquiry reportInquiry
02 Aug 2005Lisa SullivanWalton on the NazeMental Health patient strangles partnerInd Inq found failings in careInquiry
23 Jul 2005Peter GrimshawColchesterMH patient fatally stabs friendCase J in Inq report – many problems in Care. Verita 2010Inquiry
12 Jun 2005Marguerite DunkleyLyng, NorwichParanoid Schizophrenic kills elderly parents by repeatedly stamping on themLong MH history with previous violence yet allowed out for unsupervised visits. 
12 Jun 2005Arthur DunkleyLyng, NorwichParanoid Schizophrenic kills elderly parents by repeatedly stamping on themLong MH history with previous violence yet allowed out for unsupervised visits. 
05 Feb 2005Mary (Maisie) Dempsey (71)HarpendenMH patient fatally stabs elderly neighbour 40 timesSubstance abuse problems – Case B in Inquiry report. 2010, Verita.Inquiry
13 Jan 2005Ryszard KrasewskiBedfordPsychotic repeatedly attacked three men with meat cleaver, two killed  
13 Jan 2005Adam KrolBedfordPsychotic repeatedly attacked three men with meat cleaver, two killed  
31 Dec 2004Deraye Lewis (3)BletchleyMH patient fatally punches toddlerCritical Inq. Verita 2010. (Case G) – PD and substance abuseInquiry
26 Dec 2004Doreen GriggsWisbech, CambsParanoid schizophrenic smothers and stabs grandmother fatallyIndep Inq. Hanson 2009Inquiry
25 Dec 2004Christopher MasonWatfordMH patient attacks stranger in street, who falls and later dies5 yr MH history – Case A in Inquiry report. Verita 2010Inquiry
24 Oct 2004Amanda LewisBury St EdmundsDepressive stabbed partnerlight sentence 
07 Aug 2004John WestSheringham NorfolkParanoid schizophrenic killed his father in lawInd Inq 2008. Previous violence, released days earlier, warnings. Poor risk assessment. Poor team work.Inquiry
26 Oct 2003Nicholas DoolanCheshuntMH patient fatally stabs partnerSuffered Domestic Violence – poor MH care in Herts & KentInquiry
23 Jan 2003Sean HandBasildonMH Homicide by stabbingInd Inq 2008. Released despite homicidal thoughts, poor recordsInquiry
25 Dec 2002Jayne PoppyLeigh on SeaParanoid Schizophrenic batters girlfriend to deathInd Inq 2008. Released against advice, missed appts, came off meds, no risk assessment.Inquiry
28 Jul 2002Derek SalmonColchesterMH patient fatally and repeatedly stabbed her husbandYes – Ind InqInquiry
25 Jun 2002Hazel PragerHainault, EssexParanoid schizophrenic rapes and fatally stabs a stranger  
29 Aug 2001Jason Hill (6)Shortstown, BedordshireParanoid Schizophrenic fatally strangles young sonSocial services deemed son at no risk two weeks earlier. SS inq 
19 Aug 2001John BoultwoodTilbury, EssexPTSD depressive (after Ladbroke Grove) fatally and repeatedly stabs strangerIndefinite detention 
07 May 2001Karen RichardsWatfordMentally ill man fatally and repeatedly stabs wifeRecently released from Psychiatric unit 
06 May 2001Dorothy RushNorwichPsychotic man repeatedly and fatally batters and stabs disabled motherOriginally unfit to plead, sentenced 2012 
08 Nov 2000-20 Jan 2001John TimmsSt Albans HospitalParanoid schizophrenic fatally batters and stamps on fellow psychiatric patientRefused meds & abused substances 
24 Aug 2000Courtney Burton (11 weeks)NorwichMentally disordered woman fatally punches new born babyDiminished responsibility – Previous Soc Services concerns
22 May 2000Linda VeysiHornchurchDepressed man fatally battered and strangled his wifeDiminished responsibility
8 Jan 2000Dorothy Parsons (87)Thorpe le SokenDepressed man fatally shot wife  
02 Sep 1999Rosemary NealeColchesterMH homicide of motherInd Inq 2002Inquiry
27 Jul 1999Violet DunderdaleChelmsfordParanoid Schizophrenic kills grandmother (DNA evidence 8 yrs later)MH patient 
09 Sep 1998Martin CassFord End, EssexMH patient fatally shot ex’s new partner, then shot himselfInd Inq 2001Inquiry
05 Aug 1998Joanne Alawode (3)CambsMH homicide of daughter Ind Inq 2000 
11 Mar 1998Gary EdwardsSouth OckendenParanoid schizophrenic fatally and repeatedly battered pub customer“an extraordinary ferocious and lethal attack.” 
25 Jan 1998Daphne Bidwell (DB)ThetfordMentally ill man fatally bludgeons wife before killing himselfInd Inq. 2003. Bellis (not publ) 
11 Oct 1997Barbara ColemanBedsMH homicideInd Inq 1998Inquiry
10 Apr 1997Perry JamesHemel Hempstead   
05 Dec 1996Marlene KempNorwichInsane man drives car into pedestrians killing a woman  
29 Aug 1996Daniel WhaymanIpswichSchizophrenic woman throws baby off 150ft bridge killing him  
20 Jul 1996Daniel Coleman (83)NorfolkMH HomicideInd Inq 2001 ArmstrongInquiry
12 Jul 1996Denise PalmacciBedfordshireMentally ill man fatally stabs ex-girlfriend after release from Psychiatric hospitalInd Inq 1997 PriceInquiry
04 Mar 1996Matthew BowyerEssexMH patient sets mothers house alight and kills lodgerInd Inq 1999 HerbertInquiry
07 Nov 1995John McLuskyPeterborough areaMH homicide of mother’s boyfriendInd Inq 1997 MischonInquiry
27 Oct 1995Ben Slowley (8)

Sam Slowley (2)
IpswichMentally ill woman drugs and strangles sons  
03 Sep 1995Gillian O’DowdTringParanoid schizophrenic fatally stabs wifeBeen ill for 6 years, had previously made threats to kill
21 May 1995Brenda HorrodHickling, NorfolkMH patient fatally batters, stabs and smothers wife day after leaving hospitalInd Inq 1998, ArmstrongInquiry 
10 May 1995Curtis Porter (8)

Cherelle Porter (5)

Clinton Porter (4)
ThetfordPsychotic woman fatally stabs three children and commits suicide  
17 Dec 1994Robert Mitchell

Arthur Wilson

Shirley Wilson
Bramford, SuffolkParanoid Schizoprenic absconds from open psych ward to behead father and strangle elderly neighboursInd Inq 1996 (Blom-Cooper). Previous history of attempted murder and assaultInquiry

Appeal hearing
29 Nov 1994Christopher EdwardsChelmsford prisonSchizophrenic homicideInd Inq 1998, Coonan (European Court HR case)Inquiry
24 Oct 1994Paul SmithBasildon EssexParanoid Schizophrenic fatally stabbed stranger to’bring about second coming’Psychiatric patient 
10 Oct 1993Cheung Ki HoNorwichMentally ill man fatally stamps on sister  

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