A pensioner died at the hands of one who was supposed to be caring for her, and now her family are seeking negligence compensation for the incident.
The Staffordshire Sentinel newspaper is reporting that Mary Bennett was a resident at Clayton Manor Care Home in Congleton, Cheshire when a devastating chain of events happened in August 2008. 25 year old care worker Christopher Bowyer set fire to her bed with a cigarette lighter. Unfortunately Mary passed away a week after the incident at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester.
Christopher Bowyer was convicted of murder for the incident and was sentenced to 27 years in prison. In court, medical records revealed that he had started a fire at his grandmother’s home some 10 years before.
Now the family of Mary Bennett is making a claim against the operators of the care home – Southern Cross Healthcare – asserting that they should have done more stringent checks on their staff. Although a criminal record check was conducted, a medical check was not, which might have highlighted the grandmother fire incident. A medical check would not necessarily have prevented him from working at the home however, as a psychiatrist acting on behalf of the court found no mental health problems at the time of his trial.
Southern Cross Healthcare declined to comment on the case while it is still ongoing, although it offered its deep condolences to the family.