A man who ‘wickedly’ beat an elderly widow to death with a crutch in a care home has been locked away in a hospital for the rest of his life.
Alexander Rawson, 63, used the walking aid to attack “kind and caring” Eileen Dean, 93, in her bedroom at Fieldside Care Home in Catford, South London, on January 3.
Following the attack, Rawson phoned 999 in a state of distress and agitation, and said: “I think somebody’s been killed and I don’t know what’s happening.”
Mrs Dean, a grandmother of five who had been self-isolating with Covid-19, tragically died in hospital after suffering multiple fractures to facial bones and a traumatic brain injury.
The court heard how Rawson had moved next door to Mrs Dean at the care home in late December last year, occupying the bedroom next to hers.
Prior to that, he had been detained under the Mental Health Act and been an in-patient at two South London hospitals since last July.
Rawson, who suffers a degenerative brain condition was found unfit to stand trial for murder.