Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Would Stabbed Susan Still Be Alive If Health Experts Had Listened.? LOVED ONES' TWO YEAR BATTLE FOR HELP FOR LAD WHO STABBED HER MORE THAN 50 TIMES

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Would Stabbed Susan Still Be Alive If Health Experts Had Listened.? LOVED ONES' TWO YEAR BATTLE FOR HELP FOR LAD WHO STABBED HER MORE THAN 50 TIMES

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Byline: ROB KENNEDY Court Reporter ec.news@trinitymirror.com

A SCHOOL dinner nanny's knife death at the hands of a teenager may have been avoided if mental health professionals had listened to his family, a court heard.

The 16-year-old, who suffers from serious psychiatric problems, knifed 45-year-old Susan Mitchelson 50 times at her home in Blyth, Northumberland, in November. A court heard he had developed an "obsessive, morbid interest in horror, death and killing", had a delusional belief he was a demon and was addicted to the internet.

The teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had been charged with murdering Miss Mitchelson but prosecutors accepted his guilty plea to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility due to his mental illness.

As he was sentenced to a hospital order at Newcastle Crown Court, his family said in a statement they had sought help for him for more than two years and hoped lessons would be learned from the tragedy.

They said: "We believe the death maybe could have been avoided if professionals connected with (the boy) had listened to our concerns due to his increasing mental state and aggressive behaviour.

"For over two years we sought help and advice from the Children and Young Persons Service and social services, to no avail.

"The Children and Young Persons Service solution was to increase his medication for ADHD, a condition which psychiatrists now don't believe he suffers from.

"We very much hope lessons will be learned from all the agencies involved with (him).

"We believe what happened is down to his mental health problems more than anything else."

The court heard the teenager had become addicted to the internet and often visited a website, which depicted death and murder.

Prosecutor Mark Guiliani also said he had also become obsessed with knives. …

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