Request for report by District Inspector into care by mental health services of person convicted of murder
Request for report by District Inspector into care by mental health services of person convicted of murder—much of the information withheld to protect privacy of individuals—some information already publicly available in course of offender’s trial—public interest in District Inspector’s findings—most information released
This investigation and review related to a request by a special interest group for a report by a District Inspector into the involvement of the mental health services in the care of a person convicted of murder. Much of the information relating to both the victim and the offender was withheld in order to protect their privacy.
During the investigation and review, it became clear that a certain amount of background information had already been made public in the course of the offender’s trial. In addition, the Ministry of Health agreed that certain information relating to the Inspector’s findings which had been withheld should be made available. It is in the public interest that the findings of inquiries such as this be made public in order to help public understanding of the role of the mental health services, particularly where there are suggestions that a failure on the part of those services resulted in an offence being committed.
This case note is published under the authority of the Ombudsmen Rules 1989. It sets out an Ombudsman’s view on the facts of a particular case. It should not be taken as establishing any legal precedent that would bind an Ombudsman in future.