May 29, 2024
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Concerns over mental health support when woman stabbed to death, inquest hears


Evidence has concluded in the inquest into the death of Sally Poynton who was stabbed by her son, Jacob Poynton-Whiting, in 2021

Cornwall Coroner’s Court, Pydar House

Author: M Price Published 30 minutes ago
Last updated 18 minutes ago

An inquest into the death of a woman who was stabbed by her son in 2021 has raised questions around mental health staffing and support.

Sally Poynton, 44, was tragically stabbed to death at her home in Crowlas, near Penzance, by her eldest son, Jacob Poynton-Whiting on June 22 2021.

A six-day inquest has concluded at Cornwall Coroners Court in Truro.

Earlier in the inquest, the court heard Sally Poynton had made multiple calls before her death for help for her son when she saw his mental health decline, which were unsuccessful.

Today (Monday 22 April) evidence shared said mental health staffing shortages were an issue both due to a lack of staff due to sickness during COVID and recruitment. Coroner Andrew Cox described it as an “ongoing concern around vacancy staffing in the mental health team.”

Following the death of his mum, Jacob was diagnosed with schizophrenia and was sentenced to a hospital order after pleading guilty to manslaughter, by reason of diminished responsibility.

A judgement of cause of death and recommendations will be made by the coroner next month.

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