Orchid View: Man arrested over death
A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence in relation to a death at a Sussex care home.
The 28-year-old was arrested on Tuesday (September 11) at HMP Dartmoor - where he is being held on unrelated matters - by detectives investigating neglect at Orchid View care home in Copthorne.
The arrest relates to the death in May 2010 of Jean Halfpenny, 77, who was a resident at the care home.
A Sussex Police investigation was launched last year examining neglect at the care home, which has since closed and reopened under a new name and new management.
The arrest was made as a result of the investigation.
In September and October 2011 police arrested three people in relation to this investigation on suspicion of ill-treatment and neglect contrary to the Mental Health Act 2007 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
A 41-year-old woman from Crawley and a 55-year-old woman from South Godstone have been bailed until November 10 pending further enquiries.
A 49-year-old man from Burgess Hill has been bailed until November 1 pending further enquiries.
A statement from Sussex Police stated: “The wider investigation, which is being carried out in conjunction with the NHS, West Sussex County Council’s Adults’ Services and HM Coroner for West Sussex, continues to be a long and complex investigation and we are unable to go into further details at this time.
“The next of kin of all former patients who are subject of this investigation have been visited by Sussex Police.”
The arrested man is being interviewed by Sussex officers in the Devon and Cornwall force area today.
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