South West England

136 known cases 1993 – 2020

72 investigation reports

29 May 2020Jill Hickery (82)MullionDemented Man fatally stabbed his wifeUnfit to plead – hospital order
09 Dec 2020Marta Elena VentoBournemouthParanoid schizophrenic fatally batters young hotel receptionist in extended and brutal assaultRecently released from prison – off meds – diminished responsibility
25 Oct 2020Rhonda HumphreysHayleMentally ill man repeatedly and fatally stabs neighbour and former partnerDiminished responsibility
08 Oct 2020Stuart HopkinShepton MalletDelusional mentally ill pensioner repeatedly and fatally stabs his neighbourSeen by MH staff previous day but not admitted due to lack of bedsSentencing remarks
25 June 2020Paul WellsHighbridgeMentally ill man fatally stabs neighbourDiminished responsibility
19 June 2020Fabio MenegonBournemouthInsane man fatally stabs friend and stabs two others who surviveNot guilty (?!) by reason of insanitySentencing remarks
03 Jan 2020Katherine BevanGittisham, DevonParanoid schizophrenic fatally strangles co-workerLong history of violence & MH problems – Diminished responsibility 
25 Aug 2019Omar RashidGloucesterParanoid mentally ill man fatally stabs acquaintance (later takes his own life in prison)  
10 May 2019Thomas AbrahamGloucesterParanoid schizophrenic fatally stabs mentally ill man whilst suffering relapseIndefinite hospital order with restrictions 
10 Feb 2019Anthony Payne (80)

Dick Carter (84)

Roger Carter (84)
ExeterParanoid schizophrenic fatally batters elderly strangers with a hammer and spadePrevious inpatient, released twice by police, Dr said not detainable despite violence and talking of unicorns 
10 Jan 2019Bashir AbdullahBristolMentally ill and paranoid man repeatedly and fatally stabbed friendHad stopped taking medication two weeks before. 
03 Aug 2018Lee TurnerBarnstapleParanoid schizophrenic with long history of mental illness fatally stabs complete strangerNot taking Meds, family’s concerns unheeded 
19 July 2018Lesley Davies (81)Par, CornwallDemented and psychotic man repeatedly and fatally stamps on partner’s headHospital order with restrictions 
23 Oct 2017Janet Northmore (76)Derriford Hospital, PlymouthDepressed and mentally ill man kills motherDefendant later kills himself in prison 
06 June 2017Philip RyanHonitonMentally ill man fatally stabs electrician  
22 Feb 2017Avis ‘Mary’ Addison (88)St MerrynDemented man fatally batters and smothers vulnerable wife Domestic Homicide/ Safeguarding Adults Review 

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13 Feb 2017Karina Guimaraes BatistaBristolDeluded mentally ill man fatally stabs wife  
17 Dec 2016Gary MillerPlymouthMentally ill man fatally batters friend around the head  
7 July 2016Kamil AhmadBristolParanoid schizophrenic with history of violence fatally stabs and mutilates refugeePrevious Rampton patient – released by Tribunal day beforeCase review
02 Mar 2016Dawn GreenNewquayDepressed man fatally strangles wife then kills himself Inquiry Report
29 Dec 2015Michael HornerNewlynParanoid schizophrenic sabotages disabled mans’s boiler causing death by carbon monoxide poisoning  
26 Nov 2015Alexander CusworthHMP DartmoorMentally disordered prisoner with history of violence fatally stabs fellow prisoner PPO Investigation
4 Jul 2015Tracey BakerChardMentally ill man bludgeons ex-wife to death with a hammerTook his own life afterwardsInquiry
9 Jun 2015Kenneth Tyrer (90)Yeovil hospitalDemented man batters elderly fellow patient who subsequently dies  
2 Dec 2014Zaani Bevan (new-born)BristolPsychotic woman kills herself and new born baby after failing to take medsCoroner found ‘chain of failures’ in careSCR
3 Nov 2014Valerie DavisonBarnstapleSchizophrenic man fatally punches and stabs his motherPrevious history of serious violence 
13/16 Oct 2014Melissa MathiesonBristolMentally disordered teenager strangles vulnerable fellow care home residentHistory of MH problems and serious violenceSCR


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19 Sep 2014Newborn BabyBristolMentally ill mother kills new born baby SCR
10 Sep 2014Michael RedpathSwindonMentally disordered woman sets house on fire and locks it killing friend  Inquiry
9 Jul-2014Sharon WallGloucesterPsychiatric patient fatally stabbed care assistant in hospitalHad previously killed twice before – wanted to avoid move to MH unit which was non-smoking with no wi-fi.Inquiry
26 Jun 2014Aulton Tom RogersSwindonSchizophrenic man fatally & repeatedly stabs a strangerPreviously seriously assaulted a woman 
18 Jun-2014Una Dorney (87)YateParanoid schizophrenic fatally battered grandmotherLater battered fellow prisoner – left in vegetative stateDHR (poor)
18 Apr-2014Doreen WebbDurringtonMentally ill man fatally stabs wife DHR Full


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Mar-2014Mashael AlbasmanBournemouthPsychotic man repeatedly and fatally stabs daughter  
Nov-2013Geraint (Gary) HughesFeockPsychotic woman fatally stabs husbandHistory of deteriorating mental illnessChronology


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Oct-2013Derisa TrenchardCarbis BayMentally ill man bludgeons his wife to death with hammer and kills himselfParanoid depressive illness 
Sep-2013Brian KempSidmouthPsychotic man fatally stabs strangerDeteriorating for months before 
Aug-2013Robert CoxBristolDeluded and psychotic man fatallly stabbed fellow resident of hostelSec 45a case – Serious case & IPCC review dueSCR Summary
6 Aug 2013Mayurathy PerinpamoorthyYeovilMentally ill man repeatedly and fatally stabs female acquaintanceDepression, PTSD & alcohol abuseInquiry 
12 Jul 2013Joshua Patterson (5)HaytorDepressed mother jumped from high rocks with her young son killing them bothOther son found dead at homeSCR
Mar-13Victoria RoseDevizesDepressed mentally ill man shoots ex partner and then himselfHad seen Drs & MH professionals days beforeDomestic Homicide Review
Jan-13Shaun O’Neill (2)ModburyParanoid schizophrenic fatally strangles then stabs young sonLong MH history, prev. inpatientInquiry
Jan-13Suzanne NewtonMelkshamPsychotic man fatally stabs wife after medication stoppedHistory of mental illnessDomestic Homicide review
Jun-12Mike BithreyBridgwaterMentally ill & deluded man fatally stabs manHad previously attempted to kill wifeInquiry
13 May 2012Alan ClinchLiskeardMentally disordered woman fatally stabs partnerLong history of violence – diminished reponsibility 
Mar-12Gino NelmesBristolParanoid schizophrenic fatally stabs friend 18 times with samurai swordPrev. history of violence; released from secure unit days before assaultInquiry
Apr-11Winston CooperMarnhullMentally ill man fatally attacks father with hammer, knives and secateursPreviously convicted for assaulting father in 2009Domestic Homicide Review
Oct-10Earl SwabyBristolMental Health Patient convicted of manslaughter after fatal stabbingMH historySummary



Aug-10Rosemary ArmstrongBournemouthMentally ill woman fatally stabs mother.Later tried to sue MH trust for poor careSummary

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Jul-10Dorothy ShepherdWinchcombeParanoid Schizophrenic fatally stabs grandmotherHistory of prev. violence. V many failings in careInquiry
Apr-10Leo Norris (10 days old)BrixhamMentally ill mother fatally smothers 10 day old babyMH historyPreventable. V many failings in careSerious

Jan-10Patricia Philpotts

Ben Philpotts (10)
TrevarrianMentally ill man starts fatal house fire after bludgeoning son and battering wifeLong MH history – previous violence, family concerns. 2012, SCRSerious

Dec-09Ivy HawkenStrete, DevonMentally ill man murders fellow care home resident  
Sep-09Mark PinnellClevedonMH patient fatally stabs aquaintanceMH historyInquiry Exec Summ


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Sep-09Vincent FrancisWellsMH patient fatally stabs friend’s boyfriend 17 timesMH historyInd. Inq. DaleInquiry
Sep- 09Gordon AckrellPlymouthParanoid schizophrenic fatally battered neighbour after earlier warning he would killLong MH history – warned authorities he would kill 
Jul-09Sheila IlesBristolMentally ill man fatally stabs motherHeavy drug user 
May-09Sam Riddall (11)BristolMentally ill woman kills schoolboy whilst driving dangerouslyMH history – had been sectioned 4 times in previous year 
Nov-08Joan Toop

Arthur (Bob) Toop
BournemouthMentally ill woman fatally batters parents  
Sep-08Debra FordBristolPsychotic man fatally batters partner ‘hundred of times’ with lump hammerEligible for parole after three years 
23 Jun-2008Joyce LovellDonhead St Mary, WiltsMentally ill man fatally batters motherPoor practice foundInquiry
08 Jun-2008Ms BCheltenhamMan with history of MH & substance abuse problems kills partnerConvicted of murderInquiry
May-08Alan RiddockBristolMental health patient beats man to deathMH history.Ind inq 2013 HASCASExecutive

May-08Terrance HallWeston Super MareMental health patient beats neighbour to death in row over washing machineMH history.Ind inq. 2013 HASCASExecutive

Apr-08Alan ClarkeSalisburyMentally ill man fatally stabs friendDem Resp – hospital order MSUExecutive

Feb-08Christian PuttockClevedon, AvonMentally ill man fatally stabs strangerLong MH hstory 
Jul-07Robert Crook

Elsie Crook
SwindonMentally ill man fatally batters parents with hammer then drives them to LincolnMany service failingsInquiry
Jun-07Phyllis Deane (70)Shaldon/Torquay DevonParanoid Schizophrenic fatally and repeatedly bludgeons grandmother with hammerIndefinite detention under MHA. Had been discharged – not on meds. Inquiry found killing was preventableInquiry
May-07Brian MarshSwindonMentally ill man in frenzied fatal attack on stepfather, and attacks motherMany failings – Preventable homicideInquiry
May-07William MossNewquaySchizophrenic repeatedly and fatally stabbed friendMany failings – serious incident was ‘foreseeable’Inquiry
Apr-07Ryan Manser (4)ExeterMH patient fatally smothers sonSCR 2008.Later suicide in MH unitSerious
Apr-07Philip HendyBristolPsychotic MH patient fatally stabbed strangerRepeated failingsInquiry
Mar-07Carl JamesSwindonSchizophrenic fatally stabbed friend 6 timesPrev. threatened violence. Mother warned MH servicesInquiry
Feb-07Sharon StokesExmouthMH patient kills woman with brickFamily had tried to get him sectioned beforehandInquiry
Feb-07Robert NewbySticklepathMentally ill man fatally stabs friendDepressive illness, new medication. Victim was also mentally illInquiry
Aug-06three year old girlIlfracombe, DevonMentally ill woman fatally stabbed child 30 timessought help before incident 
Jul-06Steven HoskinSt. AustellMH patient tortures and murders learning disabled manDrug history – known MH patientSerious

03 Nov 2005Irene Powell (86)StreteDepressed man fatally batters and stabs his wifeClaimed it was a ‘mercy killing’ – but disputed by family. Diminished responsibility.
Oct-05Jeremy DrakeExeterParanoid Scizophrenic beats stranger to death in launderetteOff medication 
Jul-05Iris MiddletonWootten Basset, WiltshirePsychotic batters parents to death with brick (Alcohol)  
Jul-05Theo MiddletonWootten Basset, WiltsPsychotic batters parents to death with brick (Alcohol)  
Nov-04Maxine PenfoldCullompton, DevonParanoid Schizophrenic fatally and repeatedly stabbed motherInd Inq 2006. Found poor records and teamwork. Mother sought help two weeks before incidentInquiry
Nov-04Bernard JamesBristolMentally ill man starts fire that kills disabled landlordLong MH history with LD 
Nov-04Lily Burrow (7)Tipton St John, DevonDelusional paranoid schizophrenic drowns 7 year old daughter  
Oct-03Flo SeccombePlymouthPsychotic killed sleeping pensioner (stranger) by single stab to neckPrevious history of MH problems, Paranoid, previously violent but month before MH concluded not in need of psych care. 
Sep-03Marjorie Davies (92)Upleadon, GlosMentally disordered man rapes and strangles his great grandmotherMH history 
29 Aug 2003Eric Hingston (83)PlymouthMentally disordered and depressed woman fatally stabbed elderly husbandDiminished responsibility – oldest woman convicted in GB
Jun-03Jennifer SheppardBristolMentally disordered man fatally batters his mother leaving her unrecognisableInd Inq commissioned but never published 
May-03Lyn GrantLondonMentally ill man strangles wife in London then returns to Cornwall to kill himselfInd Inq, 2005Internal

Feb-03Joyce Holden (78)BristolMan with dementia fatally batters fellow care home resident  
Jan-03Rui GarridoBristolParanoid schizophrenic fatally and repeatedly stabs housemates  
Jan-03Mario PedroBristolParanoid schizophrenic fatally and repeatedly stabs housemates  
May-02Roy WarnesPlymouthPsychiatric patient kills neighbourInd Inq 2004 found failings. Previous InpatientInquiry
Mar-02Adelaide HowardWinterbourne, BristolParanoid schizophrenic fatally stabbed elderly neighbour 42 timesInd Inq 2006 found many failingsInuqiry
Feb-02Ann ObrayThe Lizard, CornwallPsychotic man fatally and repeatedly stabbed wifeInd Inq 2004 found catalogue of errors. Previous attempts to harm wife. Stopped meds 2 days before.Inquiry
21 Nov 2001Laura Tait (3 mths)Mere, WiltsPost-natally depressed woman fatally smothers baby daughterInfanticide – 3 year community rehabilitation order 
Aug-01Shirley Cotton-BetteridgeBristolPsychopath fatally stabbed barmaid 40 timesPrevious violence. Broadmoor 
09 Dec 2000James GavaghanWoodleigh, KingsbridgeMentally ill man fatally shot neighbour twiceDiminished responsibility 
Nov-00Tammy LittleHayle Toans, CornwallParanoid schizophrenic strangles partnerInd Inq 2003 found serious failingsInquiry
29 Sept 2000Adelaide Fairey (86)CheltenhamDepressed man battered wife to death with a hammer  
Apr-00Carol Trethewey (Mrs S)St Austell, CornwallDepressive repeatedly and fatally stabbed wifeInd Inq 2003, failings in care,got 3 yrs probationInquiry
Apr-00Donna SmartShepton MalletMH homicide of wife (alc)Ind Inq 2001Inquiry
Jan-00Andrew PenningtonCheltenhamPsychotic fatally and repeatedly stabbed councillor with samurai sword  
Jan-00David Glassenbury (6 mnths)BristolSchizophrenic with autism fatally and repeatedly stabs baby brother (severing one hand)Previous history (later escape & Chepstow rape) 
May-99Michael MartinAlmondsbury,Paranoid schizophrenic kills father with pickaxeInd Inq 2003. Father had repeatedly appealed to MH services for helpInquiry
03 Nov 1998Louisa Wright (84)CheltenhamParanoid schizophrenic fatally battered grandmother to death thinking she was the devilDiminished responsibility
Oct-98Gillian SextonIlton, SomersetDepressed man fatally batters wife with spade & throttles her  
Jun-98William BodleBournemouthMH homicideInd Inq 2002Inquiry
Apr-98Michelle LockBournemouthMentally disordered man rapes and kills womanInd Inq 2002Inquiry
24 Mar 1998Olivia Perkins (2)Minchinhampton, GlosDepressed woman hangs her daughterDiminished responsibility – sentenced to probation for 3 years 
Mar-98Lynda YoungHay Tor, DartmoorPsychotic man fatally strangles, stabs and batters wifeNot guilty by reason of insanity 
Feb-98Virginia (Ginny) Sivil and unborn babyBathSchizophrenic fatally strangled partner whilst she was in labour with his childInd Inq 2001 13 prev admissions. Prev. violence. Records a mess, No InsightInquiry
Nov-97Aiyse SullivanDorsetMentally ill man killed girlfriend (PD)Ind Inq 2000Inquiry
Oct-97Peter LewisSomersetMH homicide of partner after rape and abuse by carersInd Inq 2000Inquiry
Aug-97Joseph OsmondSalisbury, WiltshireMentally ill man fatally and repeatedly stabbed landlordInd Inq 1999. previously sectioned, then released before killingInquiry
05 Apr 1997Katie Cave (6 mnths)TauntonMentally disordered man fatally throttles baby daughterAlleged Munchausen’s case
26 Nov 1996Margaret Edgley (73)FerndownMentally ill man fatally smothers his motherInternal Investigation only
May-96Walter CreeceGloucesterParanoid schizophrenic repeatedly and fatally batters elderly neighbour with a hammer (frenzied attack)Later escaped from Fromeside. Later still suicide there 
27 Jan 1996Douglas HolmanCambourneMentally disordered man fatally batters pensionerLong history of violence 
25 Sep-95John WittsCinderfordMentally ill man fatally stabs brotherInd Inq 1997Inquiry
13 Sept 1995Nathan Beale (20)WarehamMentally ill woman strangled young son believing he was ‘poisoning’ herLong history of MH problems – Inq not published? 
Jul-95Colin BeynonBristolSchizophrenic batters father to death with hammer on home visitInd Inq 1997 found “string of errors”Inquiry
Apr-95Muriel VinerFerndown, DorsetMH patient kills mother with repeated blows from heavy metal disc and commits suicideMH patient repeatedly bludgeons mother then commits suicideInquiry
Mar-95Joshua Skerton (2)DartmoorDepressed man killed son in exhaust filled car and attempted suicide  
14 Jul 1994Annetta RenoufSalisburyMentally ill man sets fire to house killing his motherConvicted manslaughter / diminished responsibility – Inquiry report 
29 Apr – 2 May 1994Fiona Pope (9)RoundswellMentally ill woman fatally stabbed daughter  
02 Jan 1994Polly Elizabeth Jordan (8wks)ChardMentally disordered young mother fatally suffocated her baby and convicted of assaulting other childrenSent to Broadmoor
Sep-93Georgina RobinsonTorbayParanoid schizophrenic fatally stabbed occ. therapist in acute psych wardInd Inq 1995 MH failures, ‘entirely predictable’ previous assaultsInquiry
9 Aug 1993Rory England (15 mths)TauntonMentally ill young mother fatally battered toddler  
Jul-93Margaret ArcherTrowbridge, WiltsMH homicide – killed wife with axe, then committed suicide  
13-16 Jun 1993Yvonne RaglanPlymouthMentally ill man fatally strangles wifeDiminished responsibility 

One Reply to “South West England”

  1. I’m trying to get info on the case of a woman who murdered her 4/5 yrs old daughter Jojo later part of 1980’s into 1990’s. She was originaly from Bedford but lived in Norfolk and imprissoned there. Both she and doting father(he from Nigeria) are Jehovah’s witnesses. Her previous name was Marie Stone before her marriage. She had mental health issues due to being ill and abnormaly large doses of steroid being miscalculated. I would greatly appreciate any info please.

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