Preventing Future Deaths: Lucy Walles, Ryan Evans and Benn Curran-Nicholls

March 3rd, 2024

Previous posts as follows: Post 1: Lugh Baker and David Hemmings Post 2: Owen Garnett, Steven Duquemin and Matthew Dale Post 3: Claire Twinn, Mark McKessy and Shane West This is the final post reviewing 2023 Prevention of Future Death Reports into people with a learning disability (with/without autism). At some stage I will review […]

Preventing Future Deaths: Claire Twinn, Mark McKessy and Shane West

March 2nd, 2024

Continuing with the exploration of Prevention of Future Death reports issued in 2023 for learning disabled and/or autistic people, today I cover three more reports relating to learning disabled people. You can find the first post here and the second here. Claire Twinn Claire was 47 when she died in December 2022. She had Downs […]

Preventing Future Deaths: Owen Garnett, Steven Duquemin and Matthew Dale

February 3rd, 2024

This is my second post about Prevention of Future Death reports published in 2023 relating to learning disabled and autistic people. You can read the first one, which includes an explanation of what PFDs are here. In this post I’ll cover the PFDs issued following the deaths of Owen Garnett, Steven Duquemin and Matthew Dale […]

Preventing Future Deaths: Lugh Baker and David Hemmings

What is a Prevention of Future Deaths report? Coroners have a duty to take action, when they become aware of circumstances during the course of their investigation that they consider creates a risk of deaths occurring. The duty is quite broad and is not restricted to matters revealed in evidence at the inquest. Paragraph 7 […]

Whorlton Hall Sentencing Hearing: Sentencing remarks HHJ Smith

January 19th, 2024

HHJ Smith indicated early in today’s hearing that he would make his sentencing remarks available once the case had concluded. I am immensely grateful as it ensures the accuracy in what I report here. I’ll post them here in their entirety without my comment. That may follow at a later date. The only change I […]

Whorlton Hall Sentencing Hearing: Pleas in mitigation

Defence pleas in mitigation Next up counsel for the defendants offered pleas in mitigation. These are things that might reduce a sentence, difficulties defendants were or are facing, caring responsibilities, remorse and so on. Peter Bennett Mr Callan started by returning to the authorities discussed by Ms Richardson and HHJ Smith when discussing sentence guidelines. […]

Whorlton Hall Sentencing Hearing: Context and victim impact statements

Almost nine months after they were convicted, four defendants, Peter Bennett, Matthew Banner, Ryan Fuller and John Sanderson, who were all former care workers at Whorlton Hall were in court in Teeside today for their sentencing hearing. Peter Bennett was found guilty on two counts, Matthew Banner on five counts, Ryan Fuller on two counts […]

Whorlton Hall Sentences

Almost nine months after they were convicted, four defendants, Peter Bennett, Matthew Banner, Ryan Fuller and John Sanderson, who were all former care workers at Whorlton Hall were in court in Teeside today for their sentencing hearing. Peter Bennett was found guilty on two counts, Matthew Banner on five counts, Ryan Fuller on two counts […]

November’s inadequate care

January 18th, 2024

There were a smaller number of reports published in November than previous months, but I’ll highlight the ones that were providing support to autistic and learning disabled people. I’m not covering providers that have since closed down, because I’ll do all of those later. First up, Ashfield Care Homes Limited in New Milton, Hampshire. This […]

Round up of October 2023 inadequacies

January 17th, 2024

Still playing catch up, have moved to a sprinkling of reports of inadequate care for autistic people and people with a learning disability, published in October 2023. We’ll start with our friends Achieve Together, I’ve written about their inadequate care before here, here and here. Remember they’re the ones that claim they “endeavour to be […]