Care review finds no fault after dad’s murder suicide

Nicola Langtree (right) with dad Jim and sister Alicia
Nicola Langtree (right) with dad Jim and sister Alicia

A REVIEW into the care of a Wigan dad who strangled his wife before hanging himself found “nothing more could have done” by health workers.

The 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust - which provides mental health care - conducted an internal review following the death of Mark Langtree in November.

Mark Langtree

Mark Langtree

An inquest last week heard Mr Langtree was being treated for mental health issues in the months leading up to the murder-suicide incident.

Coroner Rachel Griffin recorded verdicts of suicide for Mr Langtree, from Brock Mill, and unlawful killing for his wife Nicola Langtree.

A statement from the Trust said: “Serious incident investigations provide an opportunity for the Trust to review the care provided in an open and transparent way, whilst ensuring standards of care, quality and safety are maintained.

“We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of Mark and Nicola Langtree at this difficult time.

On the exterior he seemed to have been improving but he was still suffering, clearly, on the inside

Rachel Griffin - coroner

“Serious incidents such as the tragic events of November 13, whilst rare, require investigation by the healthcare organisations involved.”

The inquest heard evidence from Trust staff about their contact with Mr Langtree after he had attempted to take his own life in July.

Following this incident, experts told Ms Griffin that the 38-year-old dad-of-two had shown signs of progress.

He had referred to the suicide attempt as “hitting rock bottom” but had spoken of a fresh focus in life and was “looking to the future”.

The Trust’s Alison Nelson told how Mr Langtree had said he had spoken of researching “the best way to do it” with regard to his attempt to take his own life but believed he had survived by “an act of God.”

Later the court heard he had researched “murder suicide” hours before the tragic events in November.

In recording her verdicts, Ms Griffin said Mr Langtree “had engaged very well with the 5 Boroughs staff and it appeared he was getting better.

“On the exterior he seemed to have been improving but he was still suffering, clearly, on the inside.”

And the coroner added she was satisfied that through his treatment in the months leading up to November, Mr Langtree, despite sporadic appointments with medical experts, was “well aware of help that was available to him.”

The Trust was criticised however for handing over details of its internal review to the coroner on the day before the inquest hearing last week.

A 5 Boroughs representative said it had been passed on at the earliest opportunity.

But Ms Griffin said the late submission had almost caused the inquest to be adjourned.