Killer’s care report delays are criticised

Undated Northumbria Police handout photo of 22-year-old mental health worker Ashleigh Ewing, who was stabbed to death by Ronald Dixon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday November 24, 2011. Her family has called on the prime minister to change the law after hearing how their daughter was killed by the paranoid schizophrenic with a violent past. Dixon was not being properly monitored and had stopped taking his anti-psychotic medication when he attacked psychology graduate Miss Ewing, 22, stabbing her 39 times. Her family has called on the prime minister to change the law after hearing how their daughter was killed by a paranoid schizophrenic with a violent past. The loner had not long been released back into the community after being sectioned under the mental health act for making threats to kill the queen. See PA story INQUEST Ashleigh. Photo credit should read: Northumbria Police/PA Wire ''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporane
Undated Northumbria Police handout photo of 22-year-old mental health worker Ashleigh Ewing, who was stabbed to death by Ronald Dixon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday November 24, 2011. Her family has called on the prime minister to change the law after hearing how their daughter was killed by the paranoid schizophrenic with a violent past. Dixon was not being properly monitored and had stopped taking his anti-psychotic medication when he attacked psychology graduate Miss Ewing, 22, stabbing her 39 times. Her family has called on the prime minister to change the law after hearing how their daughter was killed by a paranoid schizophrenic with a violent past. The loner had not long been released back into the community after being sectioned under the mental health act for making threats to kill the queen. See PA story INQUEST Ashleigh. Photo credit should read: Northumbria Police/PA Wire ''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporane
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A CHARITY has expressed sympathy with the family of mental health worker who was stabbed to death, after delays into a care report about her killer.

Ronald Dixon admitted the manslaughter of Ashley Ewing, 22, on the grounds of diminished responsibility almost six years ago.

Miss Ewing, who worked for Sunderland-based Mental Health Matters, was stabbed to death while visiting Dixon at his Newcastle home in May 2006.

He was sentenced in 2007 to be detained indefinitely at Rampton Secure Hospital.

The North East Strategic Health Authority commissioned investigations into his treatment. But five years on, the report has still not been published.

Now the issue is set to be raised in the House of Commons.

Newcastle East MP Nick Brown is expected to bring the matter to the attention of MPs when Parliament returns after the recess. He said: “It’s essential these findings are made public as soon as possible.

“I intend to ask the Secretary of State why it is now overdue.”

Psychology graduate Ashleigh had been sent alone to Dixon’s flat after he moved from Wearside to Heaton, to deliver a letter on behalf of Mental Health Matters.Dixon attacked the university graduate, stabbing her 39 times.

Mental Health Matters was supporting him back into the community after psychiatric treatment at Cherry Knowle Hospital.

In 2010, Mental Health Matters was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay £20,000 after it admitted failing to protect Ashleigh. CEO Helen Mackay said: “We have no influence over the publication of the Strategic Health Authority report but sympathise with all involved, especially Ashleigh Ewing’s family, over the length of time the processes of investigation have taken to be completed.”