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Christopher Bowyer

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17th August 2009


Mary Bennett, 79

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Care assistant

Sunday 17th August 2008, Care worker Christopher bowyer set fire to the bed of one of the people in his care at the Clayton Manor care home in Congelton. His victim was severely affected with Alzheimer's and dementia so could not move or communicate as the flames took hold.

Mrs Bennett was taken to a specialist burns unit in Manchester, where she died a week later.

Thursday 30th April 2009, Bowyer convicted of murder and arson with intent to endanger life at Chester Crown Court.

Bowyer denied the charges and refused to enter the witness box during the defence case.

During the trial, Elwen Evans QC, prosecuting, told the court that Bowyer held a cigarette lighter to Mrs Bennett's quilt until it was "well alight".


Friday 1st May 2009, Bowyer was jailed for at least 27 years.
He was labelled a "danger to society" by Mrs Justice Dobbs.


Chester Crown Court

Mrs Justice Dobbs

Prosecuting, Elwen Evans QC,



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