'Opportunities missed' by trust before Poundland attack

From BBC - March 5, 2018

A coroner has criticised an NHS trust over how it treated a schizophrenic drug addict who stabbed a man to death in a Poundland store.

Trevor Joyce attacked Justin Skrebowski with a knife from the shop in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, in December 2015.

Oxfordshire Coroner Darren Salter said important information about Joyce was not passed to police.

Mr Skrebowski's widow said her husband "paid with his life" because of failings in Joyce's care.

In a statement Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust apologised and said it had implemented a number of changes after a review of the case.

Four days before the murder Joyce told a psychiatrist he had wanted to stab customers in Poundland, but this was not shared with the police.

Mr Salter said this was a contributory factor towards "possible causative failings" which led to the stabbing.

'Missed opportunities'

In October 2015 Joyce was also voluntarily admitted to Littlemore Mental Health Centre after he placed a death threat through his neighbour's door.


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