Man killed relative after trust blunder

    The death of a woman at the hands of her mentally ill grandson
    could have been prevented if the primary care trust had listened to
    his family, claims mental health charity Sane.

    It follows an independent inquiry by Lambeth PCT into a series of
    blunders that led to Daniel Levy, now 26, setting fire to and
    stabbing his grandmother to death in July 2000 after watching the
    film Gladiator. Levy was convicted of manslaughter and is
    now in a medium secure unit.

    The inquiry, although critical, concluded that the incident was not
    preventable.

    But Sane said that, had his parents been listened to and Levy’s
    history known, “doctors would not have made the wrong diagnosis (of
    a depressive illness rather than schizophrenic or psychotic) and
    given inadequate treatment”.

    Sane chief executive Marjorie Wallace said: “Two days before Levy
    killed his grandmother, his mother sought urgent help but was told
    that he did not meet the referral criteria.”

    Lambeth PCT accepted the inquiry’s recommendation that, in future,
    “a carer’s legitimate interest in their family member is recognised
    and also that their support needs are considered”.

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