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Inquiry into death of foster mother stabbed by boy to be held

Dawn McKenzie was killed by a then 13-year-old boy at a house in Hamilton after he was grounded.

Dawn McKenzie: Died in hospital.

A fatal accident inquiry into the circumstances of the death of a foster mother is to be held in April.

Dawn McKenzie, 34, was repeatedly stabbed by a 13-year-old boy at a house in Hamilton in June 2011 after he was grounded.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with murder, although his guilty plea to culpable homicide was accepted and he was sentenced to seven years detention.

In October 2013 a significant case review commissioned by Glasgow child protection committee found that Mrs McKenzie's death could not have been foreseen or prevented.

However, a preliminary hearing is scheduled to be heard on April 29 with a fatal accident inquiry due to start on September 17.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that in the days leading up to the killing the boy had had his X-box, mobile phone and laptop taken off him. A number of psychiatrists who examined the boy said he was not able to control his behaviour at the time.

Mrs McKenzie was stabbed ten times on the head and body. The fatal blow severed a major blood vessel and caused her to bleed to death. She was also stabbed twice in the scalp and the force of one of these blows was so great that the tip of the blade broke off and embedded itself in her skull.

The defensive injuries she received showed that she had fought for her life. After the boy fled Mrs McKenzie managed to dial 999 and tell police who had stabbed her.

Advocate depute Alex Prentice QC, prosecuting, said at the time: "The accused and her husband Bryan treated the accused as their own. They were all due to go on holiday abroad together. It would appear that there was nothing remarkable about his behaviour in the lead up to this offence."

In October 2013 a significant case review commissioned by Glasgow child protection committee found that Mrs McKenzie's death could not have been foreseen or prevented.

But the nine-member review team also concluded that shortages in staffing and resources affected the care of the boy, referred to as D in the report.

There was evidence that a Glasgow City social worker did not visit the teenager until he had been in his final placement for two months.

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