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Schizophrenic killer

16th January 2007

An independent inquiry has urged for a more efficient exchange of clinical information between health agencies across Wearside following the deaths of two men at the hands of a paranoid schizophrenic.

Sean Crone, 26, of Sunderland, stabbed 25-year-old Ian Lawson 24 times and slashed the throat of his best friend Simon Richardson, 27, in October 2003.  Days before the attacks Crone was referred to his local mental health trust and was awaiting assessment.  It was whilst awaiting an appointment that he killed the two men in frenzied attacks.

Following his arrest Crone was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic whilst in the care of professionals at Rampton Special Hospital in Nottinghamshire.  During his trial it emerged that he had had symptoms of mental illness since his teens and was also a drug user.  He is now serving an indefinite sentence after admitting manslaughter.

The inquiry concluded that there was no direct link between the actions of the professionals involved in Crone's care and the murders.  The inquiry found that the deaths could not have been predicted or prevented but it said that better communication and care arrangements were needed.  It called for "a clear strategy and procedures" for individuals who are reluctant to access and engage with services.

 

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