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Family seeks answers over 93-year-old’s death following care home attack

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A bereaved family are demanding answers after their mother died following an attack by a fellow resident.

A trial at the Old Bailey heard how 93-year-old Eileen Dean died after being beaten with a metal walking stick by 63-year-old Alexander Rawson at Fieldside Care Home in Catford, south east London in January 2021.

Mr Rawson had previously been detained under the Mental Health Act as a patient at Lewisham Hospital’s Ladywell Mental Health Unit run by the South London and Maudsley Trust in September 2020 after previously threatening a ward sister with a knife.

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He was moved to Fieldside care home in December 2020 following a meeting run by the Trust and attended by Mr Rawson’s social worker, a psychiatrist and a Fieldside staff care member.

Following his conviction at the Old Bailey, Mrs Dean’s children demanded answers to why he was placed in a care home with vulnerable elderly people.

Her daughter, Georgie Hampshaw, told the BBC: “It’s like putting a fox in a chicken coop.”

Det Ch Insp Chris Wood, who led the investigation, said: “Eileen was a completely defenceless woman, whose life was suddenly taken away in a horrific manner.”

Michael Holland, medical director at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, offered the Trust’s “sincere and heartfelt condolences” to Mrs Dean’s family.

Mr Holland said the Trust was carrying out an investigation into ways it can improve.

Fieldside Care Home declined to comment when contacted by CHP.

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