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Report of the independent inquiry into the care and treatment of John Barrett

Robert Robinson, Jane Fenwick, Simon Wood, (NHS London)

  • This Homicide Inquiry was conducted following the murder of Denis Finnegan, a 50-year-old former banker, on 2nd September 2004: he was stabbed to death in a random attack as he cycled through Richmond Park. The perpetrator of this crime was John Barrett, who had suffered from paranoid schizophrenia for many years. As a voluntary patient in a medium secure unit, he had been given unescorted leave the day before he committed this offence. The inquiry found that the agencies involved in his care appeared to have made a number of mistakes, including a severe lack of communication. This high-profile case led to renewed calls for community treatment orders for high-risk mentally disordered patients.

Report of the independent inquiry into the care and treatment of Michael Stone

Robert Francis QC, Dr James Higgins, Mr Emlyn Cassam

  • This inquiry followed the murder of a mother and one of her daughters, Lin and Megan Russell, as they walked down a country lane; Lin’s second daughter, though seriously wounded in the attack, survived. This crime led the then Home Secretary, Jack Straw, to attempt to extend the Mental Health Act to enable “dangerous psychopaths” to be detained indefinitely. Despite the media coverage of the report largely highlighting mistakes by mental health professionals and the prison service – of which there were a few – it actually concluded that Michael Stone's care had been of a high standard: "We are satisfied that the agencies and professionals involved here all did what they perceived at the time to be for the best. We doubt that much more would have been attempted anywhere else in the country." And they went on to say: "the inquiry has found no evidence that they [Stone's crimes] would have been prevented if failings in provision of treatment, care, supervision or other services to Stone had not occurred." These events were the catalyst for the UK’s “Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder” programme.

Respond and Forensic Psychotherapy

Richard Curen

  • Frontline Volume 91 - Forensic Issues and Disability, July 1st 2013

Royal College Examination Fees surplus

Lee, W., Thomson, A., Acosta, C., Ashraph, M. et al.

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