Great Cornard OAP was punched in the head

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A 92-YEAR-OLD dementia patient is likely to have died as a result of complications, after being hit in the face by a fellow suffer of the illness, an inquest heard.

Daisy Castell had been living at Mellish House Care Home in Great Cornard prior to be being admitted to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, where she died on June 25 last year.

An inquest into her death heard that the retired factory worker had been at the home, which specialises in caring for people with dementia, for three months when she was struck by another resident.

Speaking during Tuesday’s inquest DCI John Brocklebank said a carer at the home in Kings Hill had been walking Gordon Grimsey back to his room on the first floor when he became agitated passing room 26 - Mrs Castell’s room.

“Daisy was sitting in an armchair propping open her door and as Gordon passed she got up and told him to ‘shut up’,” said Mr Brocklebank.

“Gordon instantly struck Daisy to the face and she fell and hit her head on a hand rail.”

Mr Brocklebank said Mrs Castell was conscious but had a bump on her head and an ambulance was called to take her to hospital, while Mr Gordon, 69, was taken to his room by carers.

West Suffolk coroner Peter Dean said it was “likely” Mrs Castell’s death was caused by the incident but it could not be proved beyond responsible doubt. He recorded a narrative verdict of death from complications following a head injury.

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