Case: Killed by her mentally ill partner: Lesley Larner
Lesley Larner
Larry Parker
Status: Solved
Categories: Mental Illness, Domestic
Case synopsis:

Mother-of-two Lesley Larner, 59, was stabbed to death at her home in West Ealing in the early hours of March 13, 2012.

The florist was found injured after police were called to Target House off Sherwood Close at around 1.30am.

She was pronounced dead after being taken to St Mary's Hospital.

Larry Parker, 52 [5/05/59], of Target House, Sherwood Close, was arrested at the scene and later charged with murder.

On December 19, 2012, the Crown accepted a guilty plea to the lesser charge of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Parker was placed under an interim hospital order before being detained indefinitely under sections 37 and 41 of the Mental Health Act on 10 July 2013. He was diagnosed with untreatable depression and schizophrenia.

The Old Bailey heard Parker had been in a relationship with Ms Larner for 14 years and had attacked her in the past.

On the night of the killing, the couple argued when Ms Larner tried to get medical help for her boyfriend after he was found collapsed on the floor. Parker was heard saying he did not want paramedics to attend.

After midnight on March 13, 2012, Ms Larner called 999 again after Parker attacked her with a kitchen knife.

Prosecutor Oliver Glasgow said: 'Her call to the operator is one of utter panic. She explained she had just been stabbed and that she was dying.

'She described she was pouring blood everywhere and said, "He's stabbed me hundreds of times."

'The remainder of the call in effect was the sound of her struggling to breathe and struggling to deal with the situation in which she found herself.

'At some point in the call she was heard to say she has never seen so much blood in her life.'

When police arrived, they discovered Ms Larner still alive on the kitchen floor and Parker still holding the knife.

Officers sprayed CS gas in his face but he rushed back to the victim and stabbed her in the chest.

As police struggled to arrest him, Parker told them he had been watching TV and added: 'It's the BBC's fault.'

Judge Timothy Pontius told Parker: 'You committed a truly dreadful crime, an attack or horrifying brutality on Lesley Larner, the final act of which was the fatal stab wound inflicted in the sight of police officers who had been summoned to the scene.

'It is however plain on the evidence before me that your criminal responsibility for that attack is diminished by the state of your mental health at the time and indeed since.

'That means that you will continue for the foreseeable future and I envisage for very many years to receive such treatment as might successfully deal with your condition, although on the reports before me the extent of any such success is itself in doubt.'

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