What do we want?

We would like the CPS to reverse their decision to prosecute this case, we believe it is very much in the Public Interest for them to explore the circumstances surrounding what happened to Alison and to get to the bottom of how these events were allowed to occur in a Mental Health Hospital under the noses of NHS managers and colleagues. There may have been other members of staff doing what he did and other families whose loved ones were being taken advantage of. Unless the CPS chooses to lift the lid and investigate these matters fully, we may never know.

We would like an independent review of the investigation Cumbria Police undertook in 2001. We would like this to clarify a number of things including the role of the Senior Police Commander who was on the board of the North Lakeland Healthcare Trust at the time and what happened to the evidence Cumbria Police were given and subsequently lost.

We would like the role of Senior Managers and Executives at the North Lakeland Healthcare Trust during the investigation in 2001 to be explored. We want to know why they chose not to share evidence that was given to them with investigating Officers from Cumbria Police, this included medical records and a copy of the pregnancy termination certificate. This is the same evidence Cumbria Police were given and then lost, evidence which proved the offence had occurred. Was there a concerted effort to make sure this evidence was never presented to the CPS and if so why? We would also like to establish who the managers and supervisors were at the Garlands in 1987 and 1988; we believe they have questions to answer.

Like many people who commit a serious sexual offence, the trainee nurse who had sex with Alison has no idea of the enormity of the damage he has caused and no apparent desire to understand it. However, we do not want to see any harm come to this person; enough people have been hurt by his actions and we have no wish to ruin any more lives. Having sat on the knowledge of his wrongdoing for almost thirty years he finally admitted the offences against Alison in an interview with Cumbria Police this year. There is no doubt what he chose to do was illegal, harmful, selfish and entirely unacceptable. In using a vulnerable mental health patient for sex and choosing not to tell the consultants treating her that she’d had an abortion he behaved despicably and ignored his professional duty to act in her best interest. We do believe he should answer for what he has done and we have asked Cumbria Police if we could have restorative justice; so far this request has been ignored. But whatever he has done, it should be remembered he was just one part of a wider system that allowed the events in question to happen and allowed him to get away with serious sexual misconduct. Though he is responsible for his actions and culpable, the CPS and Cumbria Police acknowledge there were other issues at the Garlands and other people working at the Hospital knew what was going on.