23rd May 2008
Inquiry Launched into murder of Karen Godden by Mental Health Patient
Karen Godden was brutally murdered by mental health patient Kelvin Trenfield after he was treated for his illness by the NHS. Her family have demanded answers as to why he was living unsupervised in the community when he was obviously a serious danger to himself and others.
The Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP wrote to the Secretary of State for Health, Alan Johnson MP, demanding answers about this case. Mr Vaz has now received a reply from Ivan Lewis MP, Minister of State who states that the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust investigation into the issue was completed in February and was passed to the NHS East Midlands which as a result commissioned an independent review of the case. Mr Vaz has also been informed that this investigation may take several months to complete.
The trust has also agreed to meet with the family of Karen Godden to explain the current situation.
“I am pleased that the family have received a swift reply from the Minister on this issue. It is very important that this case is thoroughly investigated to ensure that terrible incidents such as this never happen again. It is vital that the health services in Leicester provide appropriate care for people who may be a danger to themselves and others.””
“I remain concerned that the inquiry is predicted to last several months. I will be asking to have the meeting with the Trust and the family in order to discuss the investigation and I hope that we can have some answers soon.”