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Man who killed 81-year-old partner in Par to be detained in secure unit

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Brian Downie, 69, admitted manslaughter and was sentenced at Truro Crown Court

A man who killed his 81-year-old partner after attacking her in the street in Par, Cornwall, will be detained indefinitely in a secure unit. 

Brian Downie, aged 69, of Pembroke Close, Par, admitted the manslaughter of Lesley Davies and was sentenced at Truro Crown Court today (Friday 5 April).

Her Honour Mrs Justice May handed Downie (pictured in 2012) a hospital order under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act with a Section 41 restriction.

Downie is to be detained in a suitable secure mental health hospital. Any considerations of his release will have to be dealt with through a mental health review panel with final approval from the Ministry of Justice.

The court heard Downie was suffering a psychotic episode at the time of the attack due to undiagnosed Lewy body dementia. His condition is irreversible and progressive.

Mrs Davies sustained head injuries after being assaulted by Downie on the afternoon of Thursday 19 July, 2018. 

She died as a result of her injuries at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth in the early hours of Saturday 4 August.

Downie was charged with murder, but the prosecution accepted a plea of manslaughter after considering psychiatric reports.

Detective Inspector Ian Ringrose, from the Major Crime Investigation Team, said following the sentencing hearing: “On 19 July 2018, Lesley Davies was attacked by her partner Brian Downie after he had chased her from her home.

“Despite the brave actions of a member of the public, Lesley sadly died as a result of the injuries that Downie caused.

“Lesley was a caring and loving woman who enjoyed life to the full and was absorbed in activities in the community.

 “It is of great sadness to her family and those that knew her that her life was taken so unnecessarily.”


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