Eastbourne killings examined in NHS review

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The killings of two Eastbourne victims will be examined in a major new review into the role of a Sussex mental trust in a series of high profile crimes.

The review, which has been set up following the recent conviction of Matthew Daley for the stabbing of cyclist Donald Lock, will look at 10 killings involving patients of the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The murder of Chris Poole outside an Eastbourne convenience store in 2012 and the killing of Eastbourne student Janet Muller last year will both be examined in the review.

The review will look at the trust’s contact with Shane Noble before he took part in a deadly attack on 46-year-old Chris Poole outside the Premier store in the Hydneye area of Eastbourne in 2012.

Noble, then 20-years-old, was jailed for a minimum of 11 years in March 2013 after he was found guilty of murder.

The review will also look at the killing of German exchange student Janet Muller – studying at the University of Brighton’s Eastbourne campus – who was found dead in the boot of a car in Horsham last year.

In February this year Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw, of south-east London, was found guilty of Ms Muller’s manslaughter and jailed for 17 years.

The trust asked the case to be included in the review as Ms Muller was a patient with them at the time of her death.

A spokesman for the trust said, “We want the public, patients and their families to feel assured that we have done everything we should to learn the lessons from these tragic incidents.

“Many of the cases have already been subject to an individual independent investigation commissioned by one of our local Clinical Commissioning Groups – the organisations which plan and commission how health services are provided in their area - but we feel it is important that a panel of experts review all these cases together, as well as those which have not been subject to an independent investigation, to look at whether there are any common themes we need to respond to.

We will take on board the findings of this report and implement any recommendations it makes.

“It is our intention to publish the report so that we can share the findings with our patients, their families and our communities.”

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