North East England

86 known cases 1993 – 2019

41 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:

Date Victim Location Event Comment download
30 Jul 2019 June Sanderson Blyth Paranoid schizophrenic fatally batters and strangles mother Recent inpatient – trial of facts
06 Apr 2019 Odessa Carey (73) Washington Psychotic woman fatally stabs her mother and mutilates the body Long MH history – stopped taking meds – Trial of facts Inquiry due
20 Mar 2019 Alison McKenzie Middlesbrough Paranoid schizophrenic fatally stabs mother Off meds – long history of serious mental illness
05 Sept 2018 Joan Hoggett Sunderland Paranoid schizophrenic fatally stabs a grandmother Previous inpatient – previously warned about killing someone
24 Dec 2015 Warren Duke Slough (but Tees patient) Mentally ill man off meds fatally stabs man Convicted of Manslaughter by diminished reponsibility  Inquiry
15 Nov 2015 Susan Mitchelson Blyth Mentally ill teenager thinking he’s a demon fatally stabs dinner lady Family raised concerns before incident DHR Exec Summ
23 Sept 2015 Sarrah Garba Gateshead Psychotic man fatally strangled his girlfriend believing she was ‘the devil’
02 Apr 2015 Zaneta Balazova Newcastle Paranoid schizophrenic repeatedly and fatally stabbed wife in front of children Family raised concerns about deterioration
19-25 May 2015 Maureen Rudland Durham Alzheimers patient with history of aggression pushes fellow resident who subsequently died Inquiry
15 Mar 2015 Melissa Liddle South Shields Mentally ill man repeatedly and fatally stabs partner
26 Jun – 5 Jul 2014 Jenny Bryant (89) Consett Man with dementia fatally assaults fellow care home resident Care home had difficulties raising concerns INQUIRY
25 Jun 2014 Sheila Crout Newcastle upon Tyne Depressed man fatally smothers wife
11 Feb 2014 Ray Patterson Benton, N Tyneside Schizophrenic man repeatedly and fatally stabs disabled father and grandmother
Clara Patterson (82)
25 Jan 2014 Hamed Vaziri Middlesborough Paranoid schizophrenic fatally stabs housemate in neck and kicks him as he lays dying
15 Sept 2013 John Hall West Rainton MH patient fatally batters acquaintance with baseball bat INQUIRY 
13 Sep 2013 Gemma Finnegan Bolden Colliery Psychotic man strangled and repeatedly stabbed girlfriend Had killed before Full DHR
DHR Summary
01 Sep 2013 James Ineson North Shields Schizophrenic fatally battered friend about the head
05 May 2013 Sybil Sibthorpe (80) Darlington Mentally disordered man fatally batters pensioner in sustained assault
01 May 2013 May Stokoe Sunderland Mentally ill man fatally stabs wife then himself Had warned of harming her before, stopped meds INQUIRY


22 Feb 2013 Gareth Matthews Whitby Mentally disordered woman fatally stabs partner DHR &
Inq Report
25 Apr 2012 Julie Davison Whitby Mentally ill man fatally stabs stranger Ind Inq found failings in care  INQUIRY
23 Apr 2012 Colin Dunford (81) Middlesborough Mentally ill man fatally attacks pensioner Ind Inq found failings in care  INQUIRY
01 Oct 2011 Michell Harrison HMP Frankland Mental Health patient (PD) fatally stabs fellow prisoner History of violence, warned MH nurse he wanted to kill.
02 May 2011 Jessica Braithwaite (7) Redcar Mentally ill man sets house on fire killing daughter (intended to kill entire family) MH history
01 Mar 2011 Jordan Cooper Washington Mentally disordered man fatally stabs nephew Inquiry
09 Aug 2010 Christy Ruddell
Peterlee Mentally ill mother fatally strangled son Family had struggled to get help
01 Jan 2010 Bevin Shapung
(11 mnths)
North Shields Mentally ill woman kills baby and unsuccessfully attempts suicide Previous MH history SCR
11 Jun 2009 Ralph Stephenson (86) Durham Mentally ill man fatally strangles father History of depression & alcohol abuse
06 Apr 2009 Karen Leonard Middlesbrough Psychiatric patient fatally battered strangled and stabbed partner Prev. told nurses of fears of violent relapse Inquiry 
03 Jan 2009 Tony Petersen Newcastle MH patient fatally batters disabled man with claw hammer Critical Inquiry report (Graham 2013) Inquiry
04 Dec 2008 Williamina Valentine (84) Newcastle Psychotic mentally ill man fatally suffocates mother after missing medication. Inq not published – contact us for more info
25 Jun 2008 Michelle Taylor Walker, Newcastle Mentally ill man fatally stabs ex-wife.
24 Jun 2008 Bertha Martin (85) Cleadon Mentally ill woman fatally batters mother Previously sectioned & violent, released without aftercare. Ind Inq 2014 NHS North Inquiry
21 Oct 2006 John Morrison Darlington Mentally ill man fatally strangles drinking companion Psych evidence of mental disorder at time
09 Jul 2006 Peter Purcell Benwell, Newcastle Psychopathic former soldier executed family members PTSD? Inq Inquiry
09 Jul 2006 Joyce Purcell
09 Jul 2006 Keith Purcell
09 Jul 2006 Glen Purcell
19 May 2006 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. Inquiry
12 May 2006 Carie Burns Consett Mentally disordered & paranoid man fatally stabs young woman with samurai sword and drives over her Reported history of previous violence
09 May 2006 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. Inquiry
Jan 2006 Maurice Hilton Peterlee Mentally ill woman fatally stabs partner. Long MH history, previous violence, tragic history, critical inquiry Inquiry
Aug 2005 Alexander Gallon
(4 months)
Newcastle Deluded and depressed mother kills baby by arson. Mental Health history. Serious Case Review SCR
Jan 2005 Robert Carter New Marske, Redcar Psychiatric patient batters disabled landlord to death Had begged to be admitted to psych hospital days before. PD
Nov 2004 Alison McNally Gateshead Mentally ill man fatally smothers wife Depressive illness. Indefinite hospital order
Jun 2004 Lynda Lovett South Shields MH patient fatally stabbed partner 40 times. Parents had taken him to be sectioned hours earlier but released. Inquiry
Feb 2004 Olive Garvie Jesmond Pensioner MH Homicide. Review, previous violence. Poor teamwork.
Jan 2004 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. Inquiry
Oct 2003 Simon Richardson Sunderland Paranoid schizophrenic fatally and repeatedly stabbed Lawson, then fatally attacked Richardson with a Razor. Ind Inq 2007 Inquiry
Ian Lawson
Oct 2003 Nusrat Alrahi Newcastle Mentally ill man strangles wife Receiving MH treatment – 3 yrs community order
Aug 2003 Lee Johnson Newcastle Paranoid schizophrenic repeatedly stabs neighbour. Ind Inq 2008 Inquiry
Aug 2003 Sarah Jane Coghlan Middlesbrough MH patient fatally stabs woman with bayonet (6mnths after release for previous murder). Ind Inq 2006 Inquiry
Feb 2003 Paul Best Easington Mentally disordered man fatally stabs youth on 18th birthday Learning disabilities with history of violence
Sep 2002 Elizabeth Gallagher North Tyneside MH patient stabbed wife. Ind Inq 2005. Had previously threatened to kill wife. Inquiry
Aug 2002 Jean Charlton (71) Washington Paranoid Schizophrenic man fatally stabs mother 15 times and attempts to decapitate her.
14 Dec 2001 Elizabeth Elliot (79) Gateshead Severely depressed pensioner fatally stabbed wife Diminished responsibility – suspended sentence
Nov 2001 William Pyle (77) Bishop Auckland Psychotic woman repeatedly batters and stabs father and sets house alight.
Sep 2001 Lenny Leak Gateshead Fatally poured petrol over flatmate and lit it during argument. Ind Inq 2004 – history of previous violence. Inquiry
Mar 2001 David Huitson Newcastle Schizophrenic stabbed victim who had given evidence against him in another stabbing case. Ind Inq 2004 – history of previous violence. Inquiry
Jan 2001 John Jeffries Hartlepool MH patient fatally and repeatedly battered victim with rock. Ind Inq 2003 – Previous threats of violence with knives.  Inquiry
Jun 2000 Abdul Ghafoor Middlesbrough MH patient attacks victim with hammer (+PD) Ind Inq 2002
12 Apr 2000 Corey Raine (6 mths) Houghton Mum with post natal depression fatally batters six month old baby Pleaded guilty to infanticide – 4 year hospital order
Mar 2000 Caroline Wills Cramlington, North-umberland Paranoid Schizophrenic kills sister and her son in frenzied attack. Ind Inq 2002  Inquiry
Mar 2000 Ashley Wills (5) Cramlington, North-umberland Paranoid Schizophrenic kills sister and her son in frenzied attack. Ind Inq 2002
Oct 1999 Q County Hospital Durham MH homicide Ind Inq 2003  Inquiry
Apr-16 May 1999 Julie Paterson Darlington Mentally disordered man kills and dismembers woman Diminished responsibility
29 Mar 1999 Nora Denham (91) Butterknowle Mentally ill woman fatally strangles elderly mother Sentenced to three year probation order
Mar-98 James Byrne Sunderland MH Homicide Ind Inq 1999  Inquiry
Dec-97 David Turnbull Co Durham MH homicide Ind Inq 2000  Inquiry
Jun-97 Peter McNamee Stockton MH homicide of girlfriend’s ex. Ind Inq 1999  Inquiry
May-97 Eric Kirby Bishop Auckland MH homicide of partner. Ind Inq 2000  Inquiry
31 Oct 1996 Natalie Wood (6) Fenham, Newcastle Mentally ill woman kills her 6 year old daughter Diminished responsibility
28 Jul 1996 Mark Worrall Consett Depressed woman fatally stabbed husband Diminished responsibility – probation for three years
Jul-95 Eileen McLachlan Newcastle/ Tyne area Schizophrenic kills mother. Ind Inq 1997  Inquiry
Jul-95 Jamie Hemy (7 mnths) Wallsend, Tyne &Wear Schizophrenic woman repeatedly stabs baby 70 times.
Jun-95 Douglas Heathwaite Co Durham MH homicide of stranger. Ind Inq 1998
May-95 Halina Szymczuk Ashington, North-umberland Mentally ill man fatally stabbed neighbour (murdering Mother-in law 1976). Ind Inq 1996  Inquiry
Feb-95 William Taylor (74) Tees HA Psychotic MH patient fatally stabs father. Ind Inq 1996  Inquiry
23 Jul 1994 Robert Keating-Payne Newcastle Mentally disordered man fatally battered and stabbed man with razors, craft knives & a screwdriver
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  Inquiry
Mar-94 Nickki Conroy (12) Middlesbrough Psychotic man breaks into school and repeatedly and fatally stabs girl.
Aug 1993 Emma Hutchinson (5) Sunderland Depressed mother killed young daughter after setting fire to their home
04 July 1993 Emily Lucas Seaham Psychotic man fatally stabs woman mistakenly thinking it was his girlfriend Diminished responsibility
16 Mar 1993 Jane Eastoe Wallsend, Newcastle Paranoid schizophrenic fatally stabbed his mother Insanity case

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