On the 4th February 2015, Thomas Rawnsley’s life support unit was switched off.
He was just 20, Downs and autistic but physically fit.
It is 4 years since Thomas was removed from his sisters and mother to Norcott Lodge to his ‘independent’ life in his own bungalow in his ‘local community’ with 24/7 support .
But Norcott Lodge carers blew the whistle, after a particularly horrific night shift, when a worker, who had been targeting and abusing Thomas for six months, kicking him into his bedroom and bending his fingers back with the words, ‘ Let’s see how many fingers I can break this time ‘, but as Thomas was double jointed he had not succeeded.
It is 3 years since Thomas deeply traumatised by this abuse, was removed to a mental hospital because staff at Norcott Lodge found him now difficult to manage.
It is 2 and a…
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