Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)


Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)


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Byline: By Craig Thompson

Mp demands answers in the case of killer pensioner who slipped the net

A Tyneside MP today criticised a contro-versial report which found no-one was to blame for the killing of a pensioner by another nursing home resident.

Newcastle Central MP Jim Cousins says the findings revealed by Newcastle City Council are not good enough and he wants answers.

The investigation was triggered after May Thrower, 83, beat Olive Garvie, 93, to death with an ornamental iron at a Newcastle residential home.

As reported in later editions of last night's Chronicle the report cleared all the organisations involved in her care of any blame for the attack on Miss Garvie because "no single agency was in full possession of the facts".

Despite a history of violence dating back 55 years, Thrower was allowed to live at Coniscliffe Residential Home in Jesmond with staff unaware of her mental history. Yet detailed records of her past are, say the findings, no longer available. They have either been lost, destroyed or not kept.

But Mr Cousins said: "Everything about these findings is unsatisfactory. The idea that we should accept such an account, with all its gaps, is not going to happen.

"I plan to take this issue further with Newcastle City Council until we get some satisfactory answers.

"It is almost impossible to tell who knew precisely what but the council has been responsible for her care since 1994 after which she was involved in unacceptable behaviour.

"No-one is mentioning why she was moved around so much in the last few years of her life. Again, more answers are needed."

In June this year at Newcastle Crown Court, Thrower was ordered to be detained indefinitely in a secure hospital after admitting manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The independent inquiry revealed her shocking history of violence which included taking an axe to a neighbour's furniture after learning of the death of her father in 1950. …

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