The NHS trust where seven others have gone on to kill
SINCE the horrendous murder of Sally Ann Hodkin in 2011, seven other patients treated by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust have gone on to kill.
The trust is huge, running 125 sites in South-East London and Kent and caring for thousands of patients with mental health problems every year.
But critics say it is failing to learn from its mistakes. In June 2013, paranoid schizophrenic Daha Mohamed, 51, battered wheelchair-using neighbour Colin Greenway, 55, around the head and slit his throat.
Mohamed was discharged from Oxleas’s mental health services in October 2012.
In March 2014, Daniel Atkins beat 71-year-old neighbour Ron Parsons to death just two days after being discharged from an Oxleas facility. Atkins told staff he was not ready to be released.
In February 2016, Regina Edwards, 52, strangled her mother Priscilla, 78, as she thought she was a ‘witch’. Between 1995 and 2005 she was confined to an Oxleas psychiatric unit after stabbing her daughter.
Details about two other deaths, in 2015 and June this year, have yet to be released. In the other case, in 2015, two prisoners receiving mental health support from Oxleas killed a fellow inmate.
Julian Hendy of the Hundred Families charity (about 100 families a year have a loved one killed by an individual with mental illness) said: ‘We have supported a number of families bereaved by Oxleas patients, and we’ve seen little evidence things are improving.’