'Exhaustive review’ Launched After Care Home Murder

Management company could be taken to court over failures in supervision

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Following sentencing of Leslie Maynard for the murder of fellow care home resident Roy Barber last week, the family of the victim has spoken out against the company who runs the home.

The daughter of 62 year old Barber who was stabbed to death as he sat in his chair, condemned Together, the company who own and run the Barrowgate Road home, for lack of supervision over Maynard.

Together, an established charity that provides housing in the community for people with mental health problems, run more than 40 care-homes across the country. Their chief executive Liz Felton said, "In the wake of the Old Bailey trial, which found Leslie Maynard guilty of the murder of Roy Barber, Together would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr Barber. Together would like to stress that such incidents involving mental health patients are very rare.

She continued "Mr Barber's untimely death has led Together to launch an exhaustive review into the events leading up to his death, with the express aim that such an incident must never happen again."

65 year old schizophrenic Maynard was sentenced at the Old Bailey to a minimum of 15 years in prison.


March 13, 2008