WISBECH: Grandmother's death could not have been prevented

PUBLISHED: 15:59 09 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 June 2010

Doreen Griggs

Doreen Griggs

THE tragic death of a pensioner at the hands of her grandson could not have been prevented, an inquiry announced today.

But the independent report into the treatment of her paranoid schizophrenic 19-year-old boy found a number of shortcomings in his treat

THE tragic death of a pensioner at the hands of her grandson could not have been prevented, an inquiry announced today.

But the independent report into the treatment of her paranoid schizophrenic 19-year-old boy found a number of shortcomings in his treatment including a failure to give him intensive psychiatric care soon after his admission to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn.

Jay Wilson smothered 68 year old widow Doreen Griggs and cut her throat, as she made a cake at her Wisbech home on Boxing Day 2004.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter, on the grounds of diminished responsibility and is currently being held under section 37 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

At the time of the killing Wilson was under the care of the community services of the former Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, now known as Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

He had also been under the care of the former West Norfolk Primary Care Trust, who provided inpatient mental health services in King's Lynn.

Two months before he killed his grandmother showed shortcomings as he had made multiple escapes and showed aggressive behaviour which would have been easier to manage had he been under intensive care.

A list of 18 recommendations were made at the end of the report including access to psychiatric intensive care services and training in respect of policies for absconding, emergency care, observation, risk management and physical harm.

Full report will appear on this website on Monday.

If anyone wants a copy of the full report email john.elworthy@archant.co.uk


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