Man, 70, battered two elderly hospital patients to death with a stickDecember 10, 2018
Schizophrenic, 70, battered two elderly patients to death with his walking stick after his anti-psychotic drugs were stopped so he could have cancer treatment, inquest hears
- Kenneth Godward, 76, was battered with a walking stick by Harry Bosomworth
- Roger Lamb, 79, died trying to intervene in attack at St James’ Hospital in Leeds
- Attack occurred shortly after Mr Bosomworth woke from a Lorazepam sedation
- He believed he was attacking intruders and told staff that ‘he got three of them’
Kenneth Godward (pictured) was battered with a walking stick by Harry Bosomworth, who was convinced he was attacking a burglar
Two elderly men were killed by a schizophrenic patient who had been taken off his medication while being treated in hospital, an inquest heard today.
Alzheimer patient Kenneth Godward, 76, was battered with a walking stick by Harry Bosomworth, 70, who was convinced he was attacking a burglar.
Roger Lamb, 79, died after trying to intervene in the attack at St James’ Hospital in Leeds, West Yorkshire, where he was being treated for bowel cancer.
Mr Godward died on March 5, 2015, and Mr Lamb shortly after the attack which happened on February 28, 2015.
Today, Wakefield Coroner’s Court heard that the incident happened shortly after Mr Bosomworth awoke from a Lorazepam sedation following aggressive behaviour.
The partially-naked patient could be seen raising a walking stick above his head and striking Mr Godward several times before staff intervened just after 7am.
Nurses then noticed blood pouring from retired postman Mr Lamb’s face, who was lying in a nearby bed.
The inquest heard Mr Bosomworth had convinced himself he was fighting off burglars and told security staff ‘I got three of them’ after the attack.
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In a statement read out on behalf of NHS security officer Carl Webster, who has 11 years’ experience, he described how the ward was ‘chaotic’ and staff were in tears.
Healthcare assistant Karina Rojo told an inquest how Mr Bosomworth had threatened to ‘rape and kill’ her just before 7am.
Mr Godward’s daughter-in-law Lisa Dixon commended the bravery of Mr Lamb who possibly stopped her father-in-law from getting ‘killed there and then’.
Roger Lamb, 79, died after trying to intervene in the attack at St James’ Hospital in Leeds, West Yorkshire (pictured), where he was being treated for bowel cancer
The carer said: ‘Roger possibly stopped Kenneth from getting killed there and then. Harry was that upset he was out to really do some damage on these two gentlemen.
‘Roger told me ‘I could not lay in that bed and watch what was going on’. It was definitely avoidable. Our lives have been on hold since.
‘I don’t think the NHS has taken into consideration the families who have been ignored, it’s damningly wrong. Harry is not the perpetrator, he is a victim.’
Mr Bosomworth had been admitted to hospital with cancer but had recently been taken off his anti-psychotic medication, an inquest heard.
The inquest heard Mr Lamb died from a chest infection due to a fracture of the right hip which ultimately occurred as a result of blunt force trauma.
Mr Lamb’s close friend, Daniela Loeb had visited him in the days after the attack and prior to his death on March 5.
She questioned whether sufficient concern had been shown by staff for him and fellow patient Mr Godward’s safety before the attack.
Andrew Dixon arrives at Wakefield Coroner’s Court today for the inquest into the death of his stepfather Ken Godward
Miss Loeb said: ‘Terrible things happen in life and you cannot always anticipate them.
‘There were significant indications that Harry’s behaviour was deteriorating, that he had to be sedated because of his deterioration, behaviour and aggression.
‘As a result, once this sedation which had gone through his body, he started to behave once again in a very aggressive, deluded fashion.
‘I was absolutely shocked I had not been given this information prior to that information coming to light.
‘Whether there was sufficient concern shown by staff for Roger and Kenneth’s safety given the circumstances.’
Mr Bosomworth had been admitted to hospital but had been taken off his anti-psychotic medication, an inquest heard.
During a handover, there was mention Mr Bosomworth was becoming ‘unsettled’.
Senior registered nurse Susan Elizabeth Carter told an inquest she was working a night shift on February 27.
At 9.30pm, he had to be restrained by security staff after refusing to take his sedatation medication, Lorazepam, in tablet form – it was instead administered by injection.
Mr Bosomworth was heard rattling the side of his bed rails with his walking stick hours before the attack, an inquest heard.
He had the stick taken away and staff put it under his mattress at the bottom of the bed.
Mr Bosomworth was awoken at 3am where he was observed to be ‘erratic’ after the effect of the medication began to wear off, an inquest heard.
The senior nurse told an inquest there were more aggressive patients on ward J19 and the attack was ‘entirely unexpected’.
She said there were two nurses and two healthcare workers dealing with 29 patients on the ward split into five bays with four beds in each.
Healthcare assistant Karina Rojo told the inquest at Wakefield Coroners’ Court, Mr Bosomworth, who was previously married for 19 years, had threatened to ‘rape and kill’ her just before 7am on February 28.
Describing the attack, she said: ‘I looked through the window and saw Harry stood hitting Roger with the walking stick.
‘I saw Harry raising his stick a number of times. He raised the walking stick above his head.’
In a statement read out on behalf of security officer Carl Webster, he described how the ward was ‘chaotic’ and staff were in tears.
Reading the statement, Senior coroner Kevin McLoughlin said: ‘Staff had their heads in their hands as if they didn’t know what to do.
‘He said ‘I got three of them’ and the others have got away through the window. He kept repeating this.
‘We took him into the TV room where he continued mumbling things like ‘people have broken into my home’.’
GP Sarah Nathan told the inquest: ‘Everytime there was a lapse in medication there was a risk that his condition would worsen and an increase in thinking people were looking at him.’
Pathologist Kirsten Hope said Mr Godward died from sepsis due to pneumonia with underlying Alzheimer’s.
But she told the inquest he would not have died when he did on March 3 had it not been for the injuries sustained from the attack.
The inquest continues.
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