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Mother tried to get schizophrenic son sectioned days before he killed

Mother tried to get her schizophrenic son sectioned ten days before he stabbed his girlfriend, 23, to death over fears she was having an affair with fashion designer Jimmy Choo, inquest hears

  • Lloyd Brackenbury killed Natasha Wild, accusing her of an affair with designer
  • He stabbed Ms Wild at home in Rochdale and she died the next day in hospital
  • Brackenbury was detained in hospital after being found guilty of manslaughter
  • His mother felt he ‘needed sectioning’ and called the authorities 10 days earlier

The mother of a man with paranoid schizophrenia tried to get him sectioned 10 days before he stabbed his girlfriend to death, an inquest heard.

Jealous Lloyd Brackenbury killed Natasha Wild, 23, in November 2016, fearing she was having an affair with the fashion designer Jimmy Choo.

The 32-year-old dialled 999 after he stabbed Natasha once to her neck at their home in Syke, Rochdale.

She was was taken to Royal Oldham Hospital but died in the early hours of the next day.

At Manchester Crown Court in October 2017 Brackenbury was ordered to be detained in a psychiatric hospital after he was found guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but was cleared of murder.

Opening an inquest into her death today, assistant coroner Lisa Judge said 10 days before her death Natasha and her mother Susan Wild went to see Lloyd’s mother, Linda Brackenbury, to raise concerns about Lloyd’s mental health.

Lloyd Brackenbury (left) killed partner Natasha Wild (right) in 2016 fearing she was having an affair with the fashion designer Jimmy Choo 

The inquest heard Mrs Brackenbury felt Lloyd ‘needed sectioning’ and called the authorities.

Police attended the Middle Hill home and took Natasha to stay with her mother, but ‘nothing was done to either assist or treat Lloyd in any formal capacity’, the hearing was told.

Ms Judge said: ‘It was agreed that Linda would try to secure help to deal with what they viewed as the significant deterioration of his mental health.

‘Contact was made on November 18, 2016, by Lloyd’s mum. We will hear about what was said.

‘We will also hear about what action, or rather inaction, was taken in response to her call.

‘The police were called, so were the ambulance service. All of the people who had contact with Lloyd Brackenbury have provided statements.

‘On November 18, despite Linda requesting medical intervention, nothing was done to either assist or treat Lloyd in any formal capacity.

‘We will hear that Natasha was taken away by police to stay at her mums’, but she returned shortly after to be with Lloyd.

Natasha Wild, who died after being stabbed to death at her home in Rochdale in 2016, is pictured (above) 

‘After November 18 no mental health assessment was undertaken. Ten days later the police were called to Natasha and Lloyd’s home.

‘Lloyd Brackenbury made the 909 call. By the time police arrived Natasha was in a state of total collapse and was bleeding significantly from a solitary stab wound to the neck.

‘An ambulance had been called but the arrival of the paramedics was delayed by a miscommunication.

Susan Wild, mother of Natasha (above) went to see her boyfriend’s mother, Linda Brackenbury, to raise concerns about Lloyd’s mental health

‘Eventually Natasha arrived at Royal Oldham Hospital and despite efforts to resuscitate her she was pronounced dead at 1.28am on November 29.’

Ms Judge told the jury there were four ‘key issues’ they would have to decide upon: The care provided to Lloyd by Rochdale council and mental health services ‘while he was in the community with a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia’; the ‘adequacy of the response’ from the council to concerns about the deterioration in Lloyd’s mental health; the response of Greater

Manchester Police responded to incidents on November 18 and November 11 an ambulance was called on November 28.

Natasha, who suffered from cerebral palsy, was in her third year of a college degree at Liverpool Hope University, and had been working as a dinner lady at Matthew Moss High School in Rochdale to help fund her studies.

In June 2005 her brother, Alan Wild, aged nine, step sister Layla, 23, and Layla’s 11-month-old daughter, Courtney Nabb, died alongside family friend Cole Ridgway, two, in a house fire on Albion Street, Rochdale, caused by an electrical fault involving the tumble dryer.

Natasha and Lloyd – a former forensic science student at Manchester University – first met in 2008, began dating in 2015 and moved in together in September 2016.

But in the months before her death, she had been battling to make him take his medication and she began confiding in her mother Susan about Lloyd’s increasingly erratic behaviour.

The scene at Natasha Wild’s home in Rochdale after she was stabbed to death by her boyfriend Lloyd Brackenbury

The inquest heard diary entries made by Natasha described how Lloyd made sick taunts about her late sister, would say he would be ‘better off’ with prostitutes and suspected she was having an affair with the fashion designer Jimmy Choo.

Giving evidence at the inquest in Heywood, Natasha’s mother, Susan, described her daughter, who was known as ‘Tash’, as ‘courageous, determined and resilient’.

‘No matter what obstacles she encountered she always gave it her best’, she added.

Mrs Wild said in the weeks before her death she had grown concerned about Natasha’s well-being because she had appeared to have ‘let herself go’.

But she said when she last saw her daughter, on the day she was stabbed, she was her usual ‘happy, chirpy self’.

Lloyd Brackenbury has chosen not to take part in the hearing.

Witnesses from Greater Manchester Police, North West Ambulance Service, Pennine Care Trust and social services are expected to give evidence.

The proceedings are set to continue.

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