Henderson v Dorset NHS Trust: seven Justices and the fifth commandment

Ecila Henderson was being treated by Dorset for serious psychiatric illness. During a period in which she had been negligently released from its care her condition caused a foreseeable a loss of control in which she killed her mother. She was convicted of manslaughter and the Supreme Court had to decide if she could recover damages in tort flowing from the Trust’s failure properly to care for her.

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