Wife, 65, admits neglecting her dementia-ridden husband, 74

Wife, 65, admits neglecting her dementia-ridden husband, 74, who died after being found ‘visibly rotting’ in his wheelchair outside their Liverpool flat

  • Koong Boon Khan, known as Kenny, described as having ‘visibly rotting flesh’
  • Police were called to home he shared with his wife, Lorraine Khan, and daughter
  • Paramedics found him, 78, slumped in a wheelchair on a landing outside the flat

A wife has admitted neglecting her dementia-ridden husband who died after being found in his wheelchair outside their Liverpool home.

Koong Boon Khan, known as Kenny, was described as having ‘visibly rotting flesh’ but his family failed to seek medical help and tried to treat his wounds with Sudocrem antiseptic cream.

Police were called to the home he shared with his wife, Lorraine Khan, and daughter, Juliette Khan in Florey House, Aigburth Road, Aigburth, on February 22, 2018, where officers recorded squalid conditions infested with mice.

Today, Lorraine Khan, 65, was spared jail after a judge at Liverpool Crown Court said her ‘inadequacies’ meant she had ‘let down’ the man she loved.

Today, Lorraine Khan, 65, was spared jail after a judge at Liverpool Crown Court, pictured, said her ‘inadequacies’ meant she had ‘let down’ the man she loved

She initially denied manslaughter and a trial began, but the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) agreed to drop that charge and accept a guilty plea to neglect.

Juliette Khan, 36, also stood trial for manslaughter but was cleared after the CPS dropped the charge.

In a 999 call, Lorraine reported her husband was not breathing and told the operator: ‘Poor Kenny, god love him. Do you know what, he didn’t deserve this. He didn’t.

‘Such a lovely, lovely human being and he didn’t * nobody deserves to get dementia.’

Paramedics found Kenny, 78, slumped in a wheelchair on a landing outside the flat, but the court heard Juliette did not allow them to come in.

Despite performing CPR, they were unable to revive the pensioner who was pronounced dead at the scene, and Merseyside Police were informed.

Police were called to the home he shared with his wife, Lorraine Khan, and daughter, Juliette Khan in Florey House, Aigburth Road, Aigburth (pictured)

Gordon Cole, QC, prosecuting, told the court that PC Gareth Ward arrived and pressed the buzzer for their flat, but he was unable to gain entry for around five minutes until a neighbour let him in.

Mr Cole said: ‘The door to the flat was slightly ajar. PC Ward pushed the door open and immediately noticed an horrendous smell.

‘He looked up the hallway and saw two females, Lorraine Khan and her daughter Juliette Khan. They appeared shocked to see the police and they were throwing bags into another room.’

PC Ward turned on his body-cam and filmed the filthy conditions in the flat, noticing widespread mouse droppings and ‘around 20’ live mice, as well as a Yorkshire Terrier dog and several guinea pigs.

A post-mortem was carried out on Kenny’s body which found two foul-smelling and ‘very large and very deep’ pressure sores on his buttocks and lower back, along with several other sores.

A pathologist stated that the sores would have been present for around three months before his death, and would have caused ‘great pain.’

Mr Cole told the court: ‘Despite the visibly rotting flesh no assistance from health care professionals was sought by his family.

The conditions in the flat were filthy including widespread mouse droppings and ‘around 20’ live mice (stock picture)

‘The pressure ulceration and infection reached his bones. Other areas of pressure damage followed. In excess of 10% of Mr Khan’s body surface was damaged.’

At the time of his death Kenny, 78, had a range of serious health conditions including Lewy Body Dementia, bronchopneumonia, osteoarthritis, emphysema and liver disease.

But it was the rancid pressure sores on his body that became infected and led to septicemia, which caused his death.

In interview Lorraine Khan said she had cared for her husband as best she could and had tried to treat his pressure sores with Sudocreme and a ‘nice clean pad and a nice plaster.’

But despite his terrible condition, police found Kenny had not been taken to see a doctor since April, 2017 and district nurses had not been allowed to visit.

Nigel Power, QC, defending Lorraine Khan, told the court his client had previously led a ‘blameless life.’

He said: ‘The tragedy in this case, and that is an overused word but apt here, is that after a difficult childhood the happiness that life brought her came from her marriage to her husband.

‘They were married for more than 30 years and she found in him, and him in her, both security and love.’

Mr Power said Khan had ‘reasons’ not to let people enter their flat.

He said: ‘The primary motivation, we say, for that, was clearly there was some dim awareness that he conditions were less than ideal, to use understatement.

‘So much of her happiness was tied with remaining in that flat she very much feared the losing of it.’

Mr Power said Khan felt ‘overwhelming guilt’ about her husband’s final days and accepted her ‘inadequacies’ meant she had failed to care for him.

Judge David Aubrey, QC, passing sentence, told Khan: ‘He was an extremely ill person and you simply didn’t have the capability or wherewithal to care for him, he also being so immobile as a consequence of his illness.

‘You were all living, yourself, your husband and your daughter, in my judgement, in such appalling home conditions, that with respect to you, one would not have thought possible in the 21st century.

‘I emphasise that not only was your husband living in such appalling conditions, but so were you and so was your daughter, which in my judgement illustrates your total inadequacies.’

Describing the case as ‘tragic,’ Judge Aubrey handed Khan 16 month in prison, suspended for 18 months, and ordered her to complete 20 days of rehabilitation activity requirements with the Probation Service.

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