Secure hospital launches review after double murder

BOSSES at a secure hospital in St Helens say an internal review has been undertaken after a man passed fit for release three years after bludgeoning his father to death with a hammer went on to kill his mother.

Leslie Gadsby stabbed his mother Edna, 70, to death last year - six years after killing his father, Arthur.

Gadsby, 39, had been conditionally discharged from Rainhill’s Scott Clinic in 2007 after showing no signs of violence, and moved into a flat with 24-hour supervision.

In a statement released by Mersey Care NHS Trust, which manages the facility, Dr David Fearnley said: “Issues have been identified which will result in new practices to ensure change and improvement. We are working with staff - including doctors - involved in the care of Leslie Gadsby, reviewing what happened and reflecting on what could have been done more effectively.”