Please refresh the page and retry. Surrounded by all the detritus of family life with two teenage sons, it is a silent yet resounding reminder of her first husband, Jonathan Zito, who was stabbed to death by a paranoid schizophrenic at Finsbury Park tube station in London, 23 years ago, just months after they were married. For 17 years, that involved heading up The Zito Trust, the charity she co-founded and which developed into an influential lobbying organisation aimed at supporting victims and improving the delivery of community care services to the severely mentally ill. The police, but no one else. It took years for people to say they were sorry.
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Please refresh the page and retry. Surrounded by all the detritus of family life with two teenage sons, it is a silent yet resounding reminder of her first husband, Jonathan Zito, who was stabbed to death by a paranoid schizophrenic at Finsbury Park tube station in London, 23 years ago, just months after they were married.
For 17 years, that involved heading up The Zito Trust, the charity she co-founded and which developed into an influential lobbying organisation aimed at supporting victims and improving the delivery of community care services to the severely mentally ill.
The police, but no one else. It took years for people to say they were sorry. Daley, a year-old former architecture student, had a decade-long history of mental illness, during which his family begged for him to be sectioned , warning of their fears that he might harm or even kill someone. E vents reached their dreadful conclusion when Daley stabbed retired solicitor, 79 year-old Donald Lock, 39 times with a sheep-shearing knife in a frenzied assault after a minor car collision last July.
It was only after he was admitted to HMP Belmarsh that he was finally diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. As a result of the case they have announced a review of 10 homicides involving mental health patients dating back to The headlines today tell us nothing has changed.
An apology is a beginning, but it is not enough. On 17 December , three months after they married, Jon, then 27, was waiting on the platform at Finsbury Park with his brother, when a schizophrenic man named Christopher Clunis attacked him at random from behind - spinning him around and stabbing him three times in the face with a screwdriver before calmly getting onto a train and sitting down.
T o compound the misery, Jayne, then 28, had only just picked up the photos of their wedding from Boots, when police tracked her down to break the news. A subsequent inquiry found that Clunis, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia six years previously, had pin-balled through nine psychiatric units in five years and had 22 violent incidents on his record, including attacking patients and nurses with knives, various break-ins and three alleged stabbings. In the week before he murdered Jon, he attacked a stranger in the face with a screwdriver, threatened a couple with a bread-knife and tried to hit his GP.
Yet he had been discharged from hospital and in the weeks leading up to the attack had been languishing, alone, in a bedsit, not taking his medication. T oday, dredging up ghosts that could have long been laid to rest, Zito speaks plainly, yet still struggles to find the words for what happened.
Literally, it was horrific. It emptied me out. It was like someone put their hand inside me and just tore me out. After pleading guilty to manslaughter, he was sent to Rampton, a high-security psychiatric hospital in Nottinghamshire, but has since been moved to St Andrews, a medium-secure facility in Northampton.
He had a human right to life and his life has been deprived because of a failure to offer the clinical and social support that his illness demanded. T oday, figures from Manchester University suggest an average of 32 homicides a year are committed by schizophrenics - and organisations such as Hundred Families are campaigning for greater transparency in the aftermath of mental health homicides.
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This year marks 25 years since Jonathan Zito was killed in London by mentally ill Christopher Clunis. The report found certain deficiencies in the care of Christopher Clunis — which certainly merit re-reading today. Things are still not happening positively. Reviews are carried out as a policy requirement but they still fail to get to the bottom of each individual case. Your email address will not be published. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.
THE BLAME for allowing Christopher Clunis to kill Jonathan Zito would have to be shared by psychiatrists, social workers, the police, community psychiatric nurses, the Crown Prosecution Service, the probation service, hostel staff, and private sector care workers, the inquiry report said. Clunis admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was ordered to be detained indefinitely in a maximum security hospital. The inquiry found that hospitals and social services failed to contact his family or GP, repeatedly treated admissions as separate incidents, failed to check his false claims that he abused drugs, and discharged him from hospital when he was not ready because of pressure on beds, or to save money. The report catalogues 'a whole series of violent attacks' by Clunis over four years, often involving knives or cutlery. Just eight days before he killed Mr Zito, he attacked and injured a man with a screwdriver in north London and later the same day terrified a group of adults and children by chasing them round a street brandishing a screwdriver. In the whole of six years when he was mentally ill, Clunis did not once keep an out-patient appointment, and went through repeated admissions to a string of hospital psychiatric units. In August , he was sent to Kneesworth House, a private psychiatric hospital in Hertfordshire from which he was rapidly transferred to Guy's Hospital - a decision probably made 'in the interests of saving money'.
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