A 43-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a fellow care home resident.
Jay Turner appeared in court this weekend and has been charged with the murder of 60-year-old Harry Hennessy who died at Longcroft care home in Swan Lane in Thursday, 2 July.
Mr Hennessy’s issued a statement celebrating his happy life at the home, saying: “As family, we need to express who our brother Harry was – and still is within our hearts: he was a gentle soul who had a difficult life due to his illness associated with mental health.
“He knew he was not blessed with the same abilities as others, but he worked hard to be accepted into society. He made sure to treat everyone as they should be treated – with kindness and understanding. He had so much love and compassion to give to those he knew.
“His last three years at Longcroft were the best of his life. He was cared for by their wonderful team, who worked extremely hard to gain his trust and to allow Harry to become the person he really was meant to be. All without prejudice or fear, just patience and love.
“In Harry’s life, we have one regret – that Harry was not living at Longcroft years ago, because what they achieved with Harry was to give him a fulfilling life, a wonderful home and love. It is with great sadness that this was taken away too soon.”
Mr Turner will appear again at Chelmsford Crown Court tomorrow.
Essex Police said they were awaiting further post-mortem results to determine the exact cause of Mr Hennessy’s death.