Woman charged with attempted murder - Banbury

15/01/2015

Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised officers from Thames Valley Police to charge a woman with attempted murder following an investigation into an incident, which occurred at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury and was reported to police on 16 October 2014.

Julia Knight, aged 55, of Sycamore Drive, Banbury, was charged today, Thursday, 15 January 2015, with attempted murder.
The charge relates to an incident where the condition of an 80-year-old woman, who was a patient at the hospital, deteriorated unexpectedly.  A subsequent police investigation found evidence to suggest that the victim had been administered a potentially lethal dose of unprescribed medication. The woman received medical attention and has since been discharged from the hospital.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: 2Following an investigation byThames Valley Police, a file was forwarded to us to consider whether any criminal charges could be brought against Julia Knight.

"Having carefully reviewed all of the available evidence, Thames and Chiltern CPS authorised officers from Thames Valley Police to charge the woman with attempted murder.

"The charge relates to an incident at the Horton General Hospital, Banbury where an 80-year-old woman was administered a potentially lethal dose of unprescribed medication.

"The decision to charge was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors."

Knight has been remanded in police custody to appear at Banbury Magistrates' Court tomorrow, Friday, 16 January 2015.

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