NHS nurse who suffered a nervous breakdown and attempted to murder an 11-year-old boy is sent to the psychiatric hospital

NHS nurse who suffered a mental breakdown after her husband’s death from Covid and attempted to murder an 11-year-old boy she believed to be ‘the devil’ is sent to psychiatric hospital

  • Emma Thompson, 47, strangled and stabbed a child eight times with a kitchen knife
  • She tried to force a vial of prescription medicine down her throat during the attack
  • But all three assaults were stopped by another 14-year-old boy in the same house
  • She was found not guilty by insanity of attempted murder and assault causing actual bodily harm by a jury at Exeter Crown Court last month

An NHS nurse who suffered a nervous breakdown and attempted to murder an 11-year-old boy she believed to be ‘the devil’ has been sent to a psychiatric hospital.

Former Torbay Hospital worker Emma Thompson, 47, strangled and stabbed the child eight times with a kitchen knife just nine days after her husband Darren died of Covid in December last year .

She also tried to force a vial of a prescription drug down her throat, but all three assaults were stopped by a brave 14-year-old boy who was in the same house in Torquay, Devon at the time.

The older boy suffered a cut on his hand as he snatched the knife from Thompson and helped the victim escape the house and seek refuge with a neighbour.

Former Torbay Hospital worker Emma Thompson, 47, strangled and stabbed the child eight times with a kitchen knife just nine days after her husband Darren died of Covid in December last year

Thompson said she was going to send the 11-year-old ‘to heaven’ during the attack during which she also called him ‘evil’ and ‘the devil’.

She admitted stabbing him to police and later told psychiatrists she thought the boy was the devil and a threat to the future of the world.

They concluded that she suffered from “acute and transient psychotic disorder” at the time.

Thompson was found not guilty by insanity of attempted murder and assault causing actual bodily harm by a jury at Exeter Crown Court last month.

She also tried to force a vial of a prescription drug down her throat, but all three assaults were stopped by a brave 14-year-old boy who was in the same house in Torquay, Devon at the time.  Pictured: Torbay Hospital

She also tried to force a vial of a prescription drug down her throat, but all three assaults were stopped by a brave 14-year-old boy who was in the same house in Torquay, Devon at the time. Pictured: Torbay Hospital

Judge Peter Johnson imposed a hospital order with a restriction on her release, which will allow for closer monitoring when she is released into the community.

The judge told him that the order was not a punishment and that it was in his own interest and for the protection of the public.

He told her, “By all accounts, this is a sad and tragic case. These actions occurred while you were undergoing an acute psychiatric episode.

“The Covid pandemic has increased your stress and anxiety levels and Darren’s death has proven the tipping point that has pushed your mental health to the brink.

“Your behavior became more bizarre over the next two weeks. The psychiatrists unanimously agreed that the insanity defense was open to you.

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