Top lawyer to investigate how two men were severely injured at Horsham care home

Two men who have been fighting for five years to find out how two of their relatives suffered injuries while living at a Horsham care home are now beginning a new legal battle.

Monday, 10th August 2020, 1:55 pm

Severely disabled Gary Lewis and Matthew Bates were each found to have suffered serious leg fractures in separate incidents - within hours of each other - while they were residents at Beech Lodge care home in Guildford Road, Horsham, in 2015.

Both Gary and Matthew required constant care, both had cerebral palsy and neither could walk or talk since birth.

Gary’s brother Martyn Lewis and Matthew’s father Mark Bates have been involved in ‘a living nightmare’ ever since trying to find out exactly what happened.

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And now they have succeeded in raising funds to instruct a human rights lawyer to investigate if they have enough evidence for a prosecution.

Martyn said: “Despite the initial assurances of the agencies that a full and robust set of enquiries would be made, there has been no definitive conclusion as to what happened and who was responsible.”

Both Martyn and Mark said: “We know from our work in this area that we are not alone in suffering such things. We aim to drive much needed improvement in the access to information and justice for many families like ours, which is both effective and long lasting.

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