Sheffield NHS probe after outpatient admits killing acclaimed poet

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City NHS bosses are to launch an investigation after a Sheffield man admitting murdering his stepmother at her farmhouse in Wales.

Timothy Patrick Jackson, 49, from Mount Street, Sheffield, pleaded guilty yesterday to stabbing his stepmother and acclaimed poet Anne Jackson to death at her home in Little Wentwood Farm, near Usk, south Wales, last November.

It can now be reported that Jackson was an outpatient under the care of Sheffield Health & Social Care Foundation Trust at the time of the murder.

The trust has co-operated with police inquiries and is due to start its own internal investigation into the circumstances of the murder once it gets approval to do so from Gwent Police.

Jackson had previously insisted he was not to blame for the killing.

The court heard he killed her with a kitchen knife in a family row the day after her 39th wedding anniversary.

But at Cardiff Crown Court yesterday, the 49-year-old from Sheffield changed his plea and confessed to the murder.

A bearded Jackson said nothing as he watched proceedings via video link from Cardiff Prison.

He was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing on March 26 and was told to expect a lengthy prison sentence.

In the wake of her death, Belgium-born Irish citizen Mrs Jackson, who was 79 years old and wrote under the name Anne Cluysenaar, was described by literature groups as popular and well-regarded.

As well as her poetry, she also taught literature, linguistics and creative writing courses at a number of universities.

Detective Chief Inspector Roger Fortey, senior investigating officer, said: “Anne Jackson was brutally attacked at her home and received severe injuries which tragically proved fatal. Her stepson Timothy Jackson was arrested on suspicion of her murder citing an argument as the cause of his violent actions.

“Our thoughts remain with Mrs Jackson’s family and friends at this no doubt very difficult time. Although the admission of guilt will not ease their pain or sense of loss, I hope it will provide a little comfort to them as they move on with their lives.”

In January, Sheffield Health & Social Care Foundation Trust confirmed they had launched a serious incident investigation in relation to the murder, but did not name Jackson. Chief executive Kevan Taylor said at the time: “We will carry out our own internal investigation once we receive the go-ahead to do so from the police. We can make no further comment at this stage.”

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