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York care home failed to assess suicidal woman

Red Lodge care home near York Image copyright Google
Image caption Mrs Strickland died after jumping from a second floor window at the home

A care home failed to properly assess a suicidal resident who jumped to her death, a jury has found.

Dora Strickland, 90, jumped from a window at Red Lodge, New Earswick near York, in 2011 and died in hospital 11 days later.

The Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust was convicted of failing to have a proper risk assessment in place following at trial at York Crown Court.

The trust was cleared of failing to protect the safety of residents.

Sentencing is due to take place on Thursday.

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The trial heard Mrs Strickland had told staff she was depressed and wanted to kill herself weeks before she jumped from a second floor window at the care home.

Following the verdict, her son-in-law, David Palmer, said: "It could have been prevented, we know that and now everyone knows that.

"They [the trust] have learned their lessons. Straight away they put the windows right and they have altered the format for paperwork, the way things are followed up."

'Deeply saddened'

Trust chief executive Campbell Robb said: "We are deeply saddened by Mrs Strickland's suicide in 2011 and we recognise the impact this very sad case has had on her family.

"While we welcome the jury's verdict that we are not guilty of exposing our residents to risk, we accept the jury's verdict relating to records of risk assessments on windows at the time of the incident."

He said the trust had undertaken a risk assessment of its care home windows and would "learn any lessons from this case to ensure we continue to put residents and their safety and wellbeing at the heart of what we do".

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