North West England

164 known cases 1993 – 2018

46 investigation reports

In addition to the individual homicide inquiry reports available here, in September 2009 NHS North West published a study of all local mental health homicides between 2002 and July 2006 which had not been investigated properly.

They found 42 mental health homicides occurred in the area during that time.

By contrast only 22 cases have been found in press reports for the same period (involving 27 victims).

Of the 42 cases identified by the NHS North West report, 21 have still not been properly investigated.


NHS North West Report.


Date Victim Location Event Comment download
14 Jun 2018 Graham Renshaw Ellesmere Port Psychotic man repeatedly and fatally stabbed his father
26 Apr 2018 Elizabeth Lacey Garston, Liverpool Paranoid schizophrenic repeatedly and fatally stabs his mother and injures another Had been unwell for weeks before hand
17 Oct 2017 Tommy Grace Prescot Schizophrenic man repeatedly and fatally stabs stranger four days after discharge from prison Previous history of mental illness and violence
02 Jul 2017 Jason Gregory St Helens Paranoid schizophrenic fatally stabs friend in the heart with machete
8 Dec 2016 Anthony Culley Oldham Mentally ill and manic woman fatally stabs husband History of previous violence
28 Nov 2016 Natasha Wild Rochdale Paranoid schizophrenic fatally stabs vulnerable girlfriend History of MH problems & previous warnings
30 Oct 2016 Phillip Owen Manchester Paranoid schizophrenic fatally stabs man
26 Oct 2016 Victor Maroukian Liverpool Paranoid schizophrenic fatally batters co-worker with claw hammer
25 Aug 2016 Michael Keen Darwen Mentally disordered man repeatedly anf fatally stabbed acquaintance Inquiry due
22 Aug 2016 Jia Lu Huang Manchester Paranoid Schizophrenic fatally batters man and seriously assaults his wife Convicted of Manslaughter by diminished reponsibility
21 Jul 2016 Nicola Howarth Burnley Mentally ill man fatally strangles partner Paranoid schizophrenic fatally stabs friend in the heart with machete
8 Feb 2016 William Lound Salford Paranoid schizophrenic with history of violence fatally stabs man Had previously made threats to kill Coroner PFD Report
7 Feb 2016 Maylyn Couperthwaite Bury Paranoid schizophrenic fatally stabs neighbour and seriously injures her vulnerable mother Known to services – Previous offending history with knives
2-22 Oct 2015 Allan Wallace (86) Huncoat, Lancs Man with dementia fatally attacks and kicks fellow care home resident Adult SCR due
29 Jul 2015 Florence Higham (16 days) Stockport Mentally ill man inflicts multiple fatal injuries on young baby SCR Inquiry
9 Jun 2015 Ian Dollery Lytham St Annes Paranoid schizophrenic fatally stabs stranger Long history of mental illness and violence.

Poor investigation.

15 Apr 2015 Bernadette Fox Bootle Paranoid Schizophrenic strangles mother and fatally stabs sister Off meds and abusing substances  


Sarah Fox
25 Mar 2015 Adam Nightingale Rochdale Mentally ill man with history of violence fatally punches stranger Investigation finds death was preventable INQUIRY
31 Dec 2014 Sandra Brotherton Stockport Paranoid schizophrenic repeatedly and fatally stabs mother History of MH problems – Failed to take meds INQUIRY 
2 Dec 2014 Edith Gravener (79) St Helens Depressed man strangles wife then kills himself
19 Sept 2014 Paul Brown Liverpool Paranoid Schizophrenic fatally stabbed parents Had sought psychiatric help the day before  Inquiry
Dorothy Brown
29 Apr 2014 Carole Dyson Adlington Mentally disordered man fatally strangles wife Inquiry
15 Apr 14 Mussad Mohsin Liverpool Paranoid schizophrenic fatally stabs father
14 Dec-13 Glennis Brierley Littleborough Paranoid schizophrenic fatally stabs mother Long history of mental illness
13 Sept 13 David Rimmer St Helens Schizophrenic teenager fatally batters pensioner with bottle Substance abuse problems
Apr-13 Lisa Clay Bolton-le-Sands Mentally ill man fatally stabs partner and young son  

Serious Case Review

Joseph Chadwick (6)
Sep-12 Hazel Bailey (82) Winsford Demented man fatally batters wife with walking stick DHR Exec Summ
Aug-12 Khalid Kassian Hassan Manchester Psychotic woman beats man to death Previous history of psychotic mental illness
Aug-12 Jane Archbold (77) Outgate, Cumbria Mentally ill man smothers and strangles his mother History of drug and alcohol problems
May 12 Hannah Windsor Wirral Long term MH patient repeatedly stabbed, cut and strangled & sexually assaulted girlfriend Long MH history
Feb-12 Josephine Gilliard Blackpool Mentally ill man repeatedly stabs and fatally batters wife with garden statue
Jan-12 Mark Chandler Cheadle Mentally ill woman fatally stabs partner 90 times and then kills herself MH history
Oct-11 Neil Ryan Blackburn Mentally ill teenager fatally stabs father
19 Sep 2011 Tracey Jones Altrincham Mentally disordered man sets fire to house killing woman, her son and himself DHR Exec Summary Redacted
Shaun van Straaten (15)
22 Sep 2011 Kalya Blake (4yrs) Manchester Paranoid schizophrenic mother suffocates daughter Pre. MH history. Did not believe she was ill ExecutiveSummary
Sep-11 Darren Brewster Birkenhead Psychotic teenager repeatedly and fatally stabs friend History of autism
June-11 Harry Morris Warrington Psychotic man ‘doing God’s will’ drowns stranger Drug history – Previous warnings about mental state, but no action taken after assesment
17 Apr 11 Thomas Thompson Liverpool Mental Health patient fatally batters man with variety of implements History of violence. Previous inpatient month before incident INQUIRY REPORT
15-21 Apr 2011 Ryan Livesey Blackburn Unmedicated paranoid schizophrenic punches and kicks friend to death Extensive drug and MH history Inquiry
11 Apr 2011 Bernadette Gallagher Preston Paranoid schizophrenic fatally stabs mother and mutilates her body MH History
24 Mar 2011 Valerie Donnelly Preston Paranoid schizophrenic fatally stabs and slashes Mother 80 times MH History – due for ’emergency appointment’ Inquiry 299kb
16 Feb 2011 Chloe Makin (4) Bury Mentally ill woman repeatedly and fatally stabs daughter then attempts suicide
Feb-11 Peggie Wilson Kendal Psychotic man punches, strangles and repeatedly and fatally stabs wife then kills himself Discharged from hospital 2 days before Serious
Case Review
Feb-11 Noreen Patrick (89) Burnley Woman with dementia fatally punches fellow care home resident
30 Jan 2011 Peter Hopwood Rochdale Mentally ill man fatally beats stranger about the head MH History Inquiry
21 Jan 2011 Ferat Kesmez Manchester Paranoid schizophrenic fatally batters co-worker Undiagnosed?
Nov-10 Michael Naylor Manchester Psychotic man fatally stabs flatmate Had prev. made threats to kill not passed on Inquiry
Nov-10 Muriel Richards (79) Ellesmere Port Psychotic pensioner with Dementia fatally and repeatedly batters wife in the head and face
Oct-10 Simon Makin Liverpool Schizophrenic man fatally strangles friend with dog lead Deliberately stopped taking meds
Jun-10 Patricia Hammond Alsager Mentally ill man (dementia) repeatedly and fatally stabs wife Inquiry
Jun-10 Elsie Hayes Salford Paranoid schizophrenic repeatedly and fatally batters mother with hammer, then stabs and mutilates her body Long MH history
Jun-10 David Bird West Cumbria Mentally ill delusional man goes on shooting spree, then kills himself
Kevin Commons
Darren Rewcastle
Susan Hughes
Kenneth Fishburn
Isaac Dixon
James Jackson
Jennifer Jackson
Gary Purdham
Jamie Clark
Michael Pike
Jane Robinson
Apr-10 Tia Rigg (12) Manchester Mental Health patient drugs, rapes, stabs and strangles 12 year old niece MH history – drugged her with Olanzapine SERIOUS CASE REVIEW


Mar-10 Edna Gadsby Liverpool Paranoid schizophrenic fatally stabs mother (had previously murdered father in Feb 2004 – released 2006) MH staff unaware of previous warning signs Inquiry – Full 

Inq Exec Summ

Sep-09 Jean Darbyshire Wigan Mentally ill man fatally strangles wife, then kills himself. Long MH history. Inq found many care failures Inquiry 1.9Mb
Apr-09 Chloe Fletcher (4) Wallasey, Merseyside Schizophrenic woman drowns daughter and attempts suicide. Serious Case Review
Jan-09 Claire Marshall Millom, Cumbria Psychotic mentally ill man fatally stabs ex-girlfriend 41 times in front of her two children
Jan-09 Patricia Smales Manchester Mentally ill man bludgeons wife to death with a brick
Jan- 09 Jean Nevin (81) St Helens Mentally ill psychotic woman strangles elderly aunt.
Dec-08 Patrick McGee Manchester Paranoid schizophrenic repeatedly and fatally stabs pensioner, decapitates him and leaves head in wheelie bin.
Nov-08 Delayno Mullings-Sewell (6m) Manchester Mentally ill woman fatally stabs children MH history, recent contact with MH services – discharged  

IPCC Report

Nov-08 Romario Mullings-Sewell (2) Manchester Mentally ill woman fatally stabs children MH history, recent contact with MH services – discharged  

Reference to SCR

Nov-08 John Crook Liverpool Mental health patient fatally attacks man in ‘brutal and savage’ assault Long MH history with violence – Ind Inq. 2013 Conseque Inquiry
Aug-08 Judith Davidson Penrith Depressive fatally and repeatedly stabbed wife
Jul-08 Ethel Heyworth (93) Carlisle Man with Dementia pulls elderly woman from bed fatally breaking her neck Inquiry
Jul-08 Sidney Waller Manchester Paranoid schizophrenic fatally stabs stranger internal inquiry found many failings Inquiry
Jun-08 Michael Kahan Manchester Recently released Schizophrenic fatally stabs stranger CCTV. Pennine Care NHS Trust. Inquiry
May-08 Abdo Saeed Al Selwi Huyton, Liverpool Mentally ill man fatally shoots newsagent Paranoid schizophrenia undetected until after incident
Apr-08 Philip Ellison Preston Psychiatric patient fatally stabs care worker during visit ExecutiveSummary
Mar-08 Alan Scott Allerton, Liverpool Schizophrenic repeatedly and fatally stabbed parents Previous inpatient Inquiry
Stella Scott
Feb-08 Geeta Rao Wigan Paranoid schizophrenic repeatedly and fatally stab sister and mother Inquiry920kb
Leela Rao
Oct-07 Thomas Grundy Islington, Liverpool Paranoid Scizophrenic fatally shoots stepfather
Aug-07 Rosalind McManus Birch Hill H, Rochdale, Lancs Paranoid schizophrenic fatally strangled co-patient in Psych hospital believing her to be a spy MH patient in hospital Inquiry
Apr-07 Steven Calvert Toxteth Liverpool Psychotic fatally and repeatedly stabbed stepfather
Apr-07 Simon Sutton Birkenhead MH patient fatally batters sister’s boyfriend with pool cue and kidnaps acquaintances Critical Inquiry – D&A2012-Verita Inquiry
Dec-06 Jeannette Hullah Cheetham, Manchester Psychotic mentally ill man strangles and fatally stabs landlady in front of her child Indefinite detention under MHA
Dec-06 Sandra Wilson Newton le Willows Mental Health Patient fatally strangles acquaintance Prev history of depression & suicide attempts ExecutiveSummary
Inquiry 858kbUpdate 260kb
Nov-06 Kevin Redford Salford Mentally ill woman fatally stabs stepfather History of drug abuse and violence
Sep-06 Leslie Brown Warrington Paranoid Schizophrenic fatally stabs neighbour after failing to take meds Inquiry 591Kb
Jun-06 John Speakman Wigan MH patient fatally and repeatedly stabbed drinking partner With Alcohol abuse.(Ind Inq2012 Consequence) Inquiry 439kb
Apr-06 Andrew Anderson Barnston, Wirral Psychotic mentally ill man fatally stabbed lodger 39 times, mainly to face and head Previously sectioned twice. Before attack Mother had taken him twice to hospital the same day. Had reduced meds.
Mar-06 Joe Geeling (11) Bury, Gtr Manchester Mentally disordered youth fatally batters and stabs schoolboy Court found he was mentally disordered at time
Jan 2006 Kenneth Coombes Stockport Depressed woman fatally battered father and hid his body in garden for 12 years
Dec-05 Donelle Schofield Warrington MH patient strangled partner then killed himself Had warned of killing partner , no MH appt
Aug-05 James Brennan (6) Chorlton, Manchester Paranoid schizophrenic babysitter fatally stabbed sleeping young boy 73 times Diagnosed year earlier with drug induced psychosis
Mar-05 Miriam Poulin Macclesfield Mental Health Patient sets fire to house killing woman drug user – MH history – brief Ind Investigation six years later Inquiry 330kb
Mar-05 Alison Lumsden Altrincham Depressive repeatedly and fatally slashes face and neck of partner
Feb-05 Edward Mills Liverpool Paranoid Schizophrenic bludgeons parents to death with hammer & tried to burn bodies Undiagnosed?
Margaret Mills
Jan-05 Premawatnie Dolamullage Thornton, Merseyside Depressive fatally strangled houskeeper with necktie. MH patient
Sep-04 Terezia Sternberg Erova Salford Psychotic fatally stabs stranger Sectioned (BBC Film on this case)
Jul-04 Sydney Blackwell Liverpool PD fatally battered and stabbed parents
Jaqueline Blackwell
Jul-04 Charles Shaw Liverpool fatally stabbed boyfriend in the throat history of MH problems
Jul-04 Janet Courtney St Annes, Lancs Mentally ill man strangled disabled wife detained indefinitely under MHA
Apr-04 Ida Heginbotham (87) Preesall Mentally ill man cuts wife’s throat and attempts suicide
Apr-04 Mary Blain Liverpool Paranoid Schizophrenic repeatedly and fatally stabs elderly neighbour
Apr-04 David Brown Blackpool Paranoid schizophrenic fatally batters man after argument Previous inpatient
Mar-04 Alan Reece Formby, Lancs Schizophrenic son stabs parents, mother survives Had been diagnosed & asked for home visit, ignored.
Feb-04 Arthur Gadsby Liverpool Paranoid Schizophrenic fatally batters father with hammer the day he was due to be admitted to Psych hospital
Aug-03 Stephen Bradley Wigan Paranoid schizophrenic fatally stabs neighbour
Jul-03 Richard Hodgson Nether Kellet, Lancs Mentally ill man fatally stabs neighbour and buries him in garden
Jul-03 Judith Hunter Manchester Mentally ill man fatally stabs ex partner 113 times – whilst not taking meds History of mental illness
Jul-03 Pauline Stephen Aintree Merseyside Schizophrenic murders two women, dumps dismembered bodies in binbags in alley Ind Inq 2006 – previously sectioned for stabbing, released as ‘no risk’, had warned of intention Inquiry 472kb
Hanane Parry
Jun-03 Chloe Fahey (5) Manchester Fatally stabbed daughter 52 times – attacked partner day before Ind Inq 2010 – recently released MH patient – family and school concerns ignored Inquiry 508kb
Apr-03 David Crawford Crewe fatal stabbing by MH patient MH patient
12 Mar 2003 George Waitahaka  Bolton Psychotically depressed man fatally stabs friend
Mar-03 Patricia Jarvis Blackpool Psychotic fatally stabs and removes heart from wife, fatally stabs two children
John Jarvis (11)
Stuart Jarvis (8)
Dec-02 John Williams Oxton, Wirral Mentally disordered man fatally batters and stabs father Later suicide
Jul-02 Celia Boyes Brierfield, Lancs Mentally ill man fatally stabs wife 74 times
May-02 Harry Upton (75) Culcheth, Warrington Former MH patient fatally stabs pensioner during burglary Ind Inq 2005 Summary 176kb

Feb-02 Hostel resident Manchester Mentally ill man kills fellow hostel resident Long MH history – Internal review only Internal Review
Feb-02 Ahmed Adia Bolton Paranoid schizophrenic repeatedly and fatally stabs acquaintance and attacks another Long MH history, Inquiry announced but never published
Jan-02 Anthony Rigby Blackburn Schizophrenic with history of violence fatally shot friend in the back of the head, three months after release from hosptal Critical Ind Inq 2003 Inquiry 964kb
Nov-01 Aaron Elleray (18mnths) Bowness, Cumbria Psychotic mentally ill woman sets garden shed alight with baby son inside killing him
Oct-00 Michael Dickinson (7) Seascale, Cumbria Mother poisons son (Munchausens) Serious Case Review
Sep-00 Matthew Murphy Manchester Mentally ill man with history of violence fatally and repeatedly stabs man previously jailed for knife attack – released early
Mar-00 Emma Jade Dyson (5 mnths) Burnley MH patient drowns baby daughter Long history of MH problems
Feb-00 Joanne Whitelegg Bolton, Lancs MH patient fatally and repeatedly stabs friend 27 times Ind Inq 2003
Dec-99 Eunice Watts Runcorn Schizophrenic fatally strangles wife and kills himself Ind Inq 2001 Executive
Sep-99 Liaquat Ali Bury MH homicide Ind Inq 2003. Previous threats of violence Inquiry 213kb
Dec-98 Carol Houghton Birkenhead Schizophrenic fatally battered girlfriend around face and head. Ind Inq 2001, Ceased meds, previously sectioned after stabbing Summary 21kb
Nov-98 Heath Rowson Manchester MH Homicide Critical Ind Inq – 2001
Nov-98 Garry Warburton Lancs MH Homicide Ind Inq 2002
Oct-98 IreneLythgoe Wigan area MH homicide of mother Ind Inq 2000
Oct-98 Eileen Halewood Liverpool MH homicide of mother Ind Inq 2000
28 Feb – 2 Mar 1997 Harold Bostock Skelmersdale Delusional man fatally shot brother
Dec-96 Paul Masters Wigan homicide by patient w brain injury Ind Inq 1999
Nov-96 Kenneth Horrocks Bolton Paranoid Scizophrenic suffocates elderly neighbour Ind Inq 1998 – care and comms failures
Mar-96 Hazel Horner Lower Darwen, Lancs MH patient kills wife and self a day aftter discharge from psych unit. Critical Ind Inq 1997
Mar-96 Dennis Spencer Lancs MH patient killed neighbour Critical Ind Inq 1999 – catalogue of failures
Feb-96 Lee Kinch Huyton,Merseyside Schizophrenic fatally stabs 14 year old sectioned twice. Inq initally kept secret
Dec-94 Stephen Cuddy Liverpool Paranoid schizophrenic stabs stranger Previous assault with blade on WPC weeks earlier
Sep-94 Harry Johnstone Oldham MH patient bludgeons man to death Ind Inq 1997
Sep-94 Harry Johnstone Oldham MH patient bludgeons man to death Ind Inq 1997  Inquiry
05 Aug 1994 Anne Watkinson Birkenhead Mentally ill man strangled his mother and son
Miles Trigg (5)
25 Mar 1994 Lesley Kenny (10) Wythenshawe Schizophrenic kills both children with a hammer
Joseph Kenny (8)
1993 Sean Hughes (18 months) North West Mentally ill delusional woman fatally strangles young son Had previously killed her sisters child in 1981

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