NHS investigating care of man who killed his mother in Farncombe

April 16, 2018
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The care of a man who has been sentenced under the Mental Health Act for killing his own mother will be investigated by the Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Nicholas Steel, 57, stabbed his mum in a “psychotic episode” at her Farncombe home on October 29 2017, Guildford Crown Court heard on Thursday (April 12)

Police were called to a property in Wey Court , Farncombe, at around 9.20am following “reports of a concern for safety” relating to a “domestic incident”.

Officers arrived at the Wey Court bungalow to find Mary Steel lying on the floor and Steel with the six-inch blade saying: “What have I done?”

Steel was taken to the living room under caution and asked what happened.

After giving the knife to the police, he was taken outside where he walked past Mary’s body and said “I am sorry, mum”.

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He was arrested and charged with murder by Surrey Police .

He pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter under diminished responsibility at Guildford Crown Court on Thursday (April 12).

Judge Robert Fraser passed sentence, stating that Steel will remain at Farmfield Hospital, Charlwood and receive treatment indefinitely with restrictions.

After the case, Billy Hatifani, acting chief nurse for Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I extend my deepest sympathies to Mary and Nicholas’s family and friends following this tragic incident.

“Nicholas was being seen by our Community Mental Health Recovery Service at the time of the incident.

Mary Steel, 79, was murdered by her son Nicholas Steel, 57, of Meadrow, Godalming, on Sunday October 29.
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He added: “We are in the process of finalising our investigation into the care, support and treatment provided to Nicholas and we will use any knowledge gained from our investigation to further improve the care we provide going forward.

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Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/nhs-investigating-care-man-who-14526577


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