Belfast Telegraph

Nurse stabbed to death at mental hospital 'a real gent'

By Kate Ferguson

A semi-retired nurse stabbed to death at a mental hospital was a "real gentleman", neighbours have said.

Patrick Clarke (68) was killed at Southleigh Community Hospital in Croydon, South London, on Thursday.

It is believed he was filling in at the hospital because it was short staffed when he was killed.

Neighbour Richard Gould (71)said: "It is tragic. I knew him as a neighbour to say hello to and chat over the fence.

"He was a really nice, kind man - a real gentleman.

"He was retired, he would just stand in occasionally when they were short staffed." On Sunday afternoon friends of Mr Clarke arrived at the bungalow he shared with his wife Shirley to drop off a bunch of red flowers.

A post-mortem examination found that Mr Clarke was killed by a stab wound to the chest.

A spokesman for the hospital, a private facility that provides treatment for adults with mental health problems, said: "We are greatly saddened to confirm that a member of staff lost his life following an incident."

A 40-year-old man has been charged with Mr Clarke's murder.

Jimmy Jedson, of Brighton Road, South Croydon, will appear in custody at Bromley Magistrates' Court today.

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