Who is Zara Anne Radcliffe? Wiki, Biography, Age, Family, Charges, Suspect, Arrested, Victim, Investigation Report

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Zara Radcliffe was filmed calmly walking across the road to a Co-op moments before stabbing an OAP to death. The 30-year-old can be seen in a clip striding towards the supermarket in Pen Y Graig, Rhondda, on May 5 this year. Minutes later she killed 88-year-old John Rees, a churchwarden, by stabbing and bludgeoning him with wine bottles and a fire extinguisher.

The pensioner died after attempting to fend off Radcliffe as she attacked other shoppers. Last week she pleaded guilty at Merthyr Crown Court in South Wales to manslaughter by diminished responsibility.

She also admitted the attempted murders of Andrew Price, 58, Gaynor Saurin, and Lisa Way, 53, who were all injured in the incident. Today she was sentenced to indefinite hospital orders under sections 37 and 41 of the Mental Health Act.

An inquest previously heard Mr Rees, who lived in the nearby village of Trealaw with his wife Eunice, 87, died at the scene from severe blunt force trauma to the face including multiple facial fractures.

He was attacked by Radcliffe while inside the store as his wife waited for him outside, sitting in their car. She has dementia and keeps asking: “Where’s John?”

Zara Anne Radcliffe Age

Zara Radcliffe is 30 years old.

Arrested

She pleaded not guilty to murder but admitted manslaughter on the basis of diminished responsibility. She had also pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of three others.

Radcliffe – who appeared in court via video link from Rampton Hospital, a secure unit in Nottinghamshire – was told the order would not be time-limited in order to protect the public.

A person is detained as opposed to jail if a court deems the individual has a mental disorder which needs assessment or treatment.

Speaking after her sentencing, her father Wayne Radcliffe said he had called NHS staff and social services begging for his daughter to be readmitted on the morning of the attack, but no one came to help.

Charges

Radcliffe, 30, attacked John Rees at the Co-op in Penygraig on 5 May while suffering from schizophrenia. Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard he tried to stop the attack in a “brave act that ultimately cost him his life”.

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She pleaded not guilty to murder but admitted manslaughter on the basis of diminished responsibility. She had also pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of three others.

Victim

Prosecution barrister Michael Jones QC told the court Mr Rees “showed great courage” as he tried to stop the attack in a “selfless and brave act that ultimately cost him his life”.

Lisa Way, 53, Gaynor Saurin, 65 and Andrew Price, 58, were also attacked by Radcliffe as they shopped at the Penygraig supermarket in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

CCTV showed Radcliffe cross the road towards the supermarket before attacking Mr Price in the street as he left the shop. She jumped on his back and struck him to the head with a kitchen knife she had brought with her from home.

Mr Price managed to escape and ran away from her. The video evidence showed her enter the shop and continue the attack on Ms Saurin by repeatedly stabbing her head.

Mr Rees attempted to intervene to stop her but was pushed to the floor and became the focus of the attack. Ms Way asked Radcliffe to stop what she was doing and talk and was stabbed in the neck before escaping to a nearby takeaway.

A shop worker tried to drag Mr Rees away down one of the supermarket aisles but was stopped by Radcliffe who beat him with wine bottles and a fire extinguisher until he died from head injuries.

Mr Rees’s 87-year-old wife Eunice, who has dementia, was waiting in a car outside while he had gone shopping.

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