A 56-year-old woman from Banbury has been jailed for 14 years after being convicted of the attempted murder of her elderly mother.
Julia Knight, of Sycamore Drive, was found guilty of the offence by unanimous verdict at Oxford Crown Court yesterday (Thursday) following a ten-day trial.
She was sentenced back at the same court today (Friday).
On 16 October 2014 Thames Valley Police received a report from Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust of an unexplained incident at Horton General Hospital, Banbury nine days earlier on October 7 2014.
That incident involved an 80-year-old female patient, Irene Robson, who had been admitted to hospital after suffering a fall at home. Despite initially improving she deteriorated suddenly and unexpectedly, with a subsequent police investigation finding evidence to suggest that Irene Robson had been administered a potentially lethal dose of Insulin. She recovered thanks to the emergency intervention of medical staff and was subsequently discharged from the hospital.
Following the verdict,enior Investigating Officer, DI Craig Kirby from the TVP Major Crime Unit said: “This is an incredibly sad case where, for reasons still unknown to us, Julia Knight made a concerted and well planned attempt to end her mother’s life. When this did not work she then allowed a large number of hard working medical staff to be subject to an intense hospital and then criminal investigation where they were undoubtedly left feeling in some way responsible for what happened to Irene Robson.
“It was only following a large scale police investigation, when the weight of evidence became overwhelming, that Julia Knight finally admitted injecting her mother with Insulin, something she had repeatedly denied during a number of police interviews.
“This has been a difficult case for all concerned and I would like to thank all of the witnesses in this case, along with the hospital, police staff and Crown Prosecution Service colleagues involved, whose testimony and hard work ensured the true events of that day were finally uncovered.”
Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), added: “This case involved the attempted murder, by poisoning, of Irene Robson by her daughter Julia Knight on 7 October 2014, at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury. It is impossible to imagine a more vulnerable victim.
“Knight embarked on a premeditated, cold-blooded attack on her mother by illicitly injecting her with a potentially lethal dose of insulin while she was an inpatient on a ward after suffering a fall at home. The insulin, obtained by Knight via a forged prescription, caused Irene’s blood sugar concentration to drop to a lethal level and she fell into unconsciousness, but hospital staff managed to save her life. There is no doubt that as a qualified practising nurse and with her medical knowledge of the effects of unprescribed insulin that Knight intended to kill her mother.”