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SANE comment on Jason Kakaire trial
Added: 3rd Mar 2020

Please find below comment from Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the mental health charity SANE, on the JasonKakaire trial:

“The story behind these shocking headlines is of a severely ill mental patient who was failed by those responsible for his care.

“JasonKakaire, who has suffered psychosis since his teens, was placed alone in a flat on the seventh floor of a tower block, and initially visited once a month by a care team. When his mother told his team that he was experiencing suicidal feelings, the decision was made to seal the windows, but not to readmit him to hospital or sheltered accommodation.

“He was expected to attend a day centre to collect prescriptions for his medication. But according to his family most of the time he was too afraid to leave the building and would spend his days in bed or watching television.

“SANE has been working with theKakairefamily who like many other families of seriously disturbed patients received little or no support, either before or after the tragic - and we believe preventable - events.

“We ask how could such a very ill young man have been expected to live alone and with inadequate care and supervision in the community, despite the warning signs that he had increasing paranoid feelings and delusions?

“Such failures in our care system lead to far too many lives being destroyed or damaged, as were those of JasonKakaire’s victims. They also make it harder for people with mental illness, the vast majority of whom are never violent, who experience further stigma.

“We believe there should be an independent inquiry into the care and treatment JasonKakairereceived from Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust.”

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