Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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ASHLEIGH Ewing had no idea what danger lurked behind Ronald Dixon's front door.

Speaking outside the court yesterday, Ash-leigh's aunt Trish Christie said when her niece took the job with Mental Health Matters she believed she would be helping people with learning difficulties live independently in the community, not visiting violent psychotic patients.

Ms Christie said: "She thought she would be helping people with learning difficulties with things like their shopping. She didn't know any of the history of Ronald Dixon, or else she would not have been there at his house and her family would not have let her be there."

Ms Christie said the family blames a fatal breakdown in communication between all the agencies responsible for Dixon's care for Ash-leigh's death.

"I think there was a system breakdown," she said.

Ashleigh's family attended court wearing specially-designed leopard print lapel ribbons in her memory.

Her mother, Aileen, 46, said: "Ashleigh loved leopard print, so we're wearing these as a symbol to Ashleigh. …

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