Kris wade, sentenced cardif crown court, 21 years for murder, 22nd september 2016
Health board failed to act over killer's patient sex assault claims
An NHS worker who killed his neighbour was paid up to £60,000 by a Welsh health board while he was being investigated for allegedly sexually assaulting hospital patients.
Kris Wade, 37, is currently serving at least 21 years in prison after admitting the murder of his 65-year-old neighbour Christine James at her Cardiff Bay flat in March 2016.
He had previously being accused of sexually abusing patients with learning disabilities in 2012 and 2013 while he worked for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU).
Although the complaints were investigated, no criminal case was ever heard.
Christine James, 65, was found dead in her flat in Cardiff Bay
Wade was suspended by the health board on full pay in October 2012 while the allegations were investigated.
He remained suspended until April 2016 when he was dismissed from his job.
The Welsh NHS considers suspension a neutral act and therefore Wade was suspended on full pay.
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As a healthcare support worker, Wade fell within the band two pay boundaries.
This means he would have been paid a minimum of £48,919 for the period while he was suspended but if he was at the upper end of the boundary this could have reached almost £60,000.
Kris Wade was sentenced to 21 years in prison (Image: South Wales Police)
ABMU health board carried out a review into Wade’s employment history. This included the relationship between Wade and his father - who was then the health board’s mental health and learning disabilities clinical service director - regarding potential conflicts of interest, along with how the allegations were managed.
The report said: “The review found that the clinical service director took no part in any of the investigations into allegations involving his son Kris Wade.
“The review also found no written evidence that suggests the health board’s management of investigations, involving Kris Wade, were overtly influenced by the clinical service director.
“However, it is not possible to say whether the fact the relationship existed could have a bearing on the decision-making of others, either consciously or sub-consciously.”
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It found that reporting procedures were not followed fully when patients made the allegations against Wade and that there was no evidence of a CRB check result.
But the review also found that none of the issues identified could have predicted or prevented his conduct or behaviour outside of his employment.
There has been criticism of the report by politicians and organisations such as Mencap Cymru but Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has ruled out an independent inquiry.
Assembly Member Bethan Jenkins has called for an inquiry
Plaid Cymru Assembly Member Bethan Jenkins said that questions needed to be answered and has called for such an inquiry.
She said: “I think there are legitimate questions to be asked here about why Kris Wade was left in the employment of ABMU for such a long period of time, being paid the amount of money he was, after accusations became known.
“I don’t think it’s beyond the realms of possibility that nepotism, whether knowing or unknowing, played a role here.
“I certainly question whether someone else in the same situation, after being referred for police investigation three times after three separate sexual assault allegations would have not been dismissed.
The woman's body was found in a flat at Century Wharf in Cardiff Bay on March 2 (Image: Andrew James)
“It’s another question which hasn’t been answered properly by the ABMU desktop review and why we need an independent inquiry.
“It’s clear that the Welsh Government and, it appears, ABMU, are eager to move on from this and insist that lessons have been learned. But until we can have objective, independent clarity on what went wrong and whether lessons really are being learned, we cannot have complete confidence in our health board.”
She added: “It doesn’t instil confidence that those in positions of authority over the management of ABMU and healthcare in Wales are on the side of openness and transparency”.
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In a statement, ABMU health board said: “During his periods away from work Kris Wade was paid in line with standard NHS Wales HR policies.”
The Welsh Government has said: “We expect health boards to robustly investigate any serious allegations made against NHS staff, and to take appropriate action if necessary.
“In addition, there are clear national policies in place which set out the process for staff who wish to raise concerns. Health boards are expected to have robust and effective processes and governance arrangements in place to handle any concerns raised.”
Meanwhile Law pages cite case reference as T20167086
That he is in custody at hp prison martin
That the justice was mr justice wyn williams
Cardiff crown court
law pages said before putting registration log in screen up that the prosecuting was cpa south wales barrister Paul Keith Lewis qc and defense was barrister john Charles rees qc
Law pages said the 37 year old pleaded guilty. To murder. Of 65 year old neighbour after going round with a suitcase of sex toys, that victim (she) died at the scene, that no evidence of sex took place, that ball gag was found at scene but say bloody handcuffs (at his flat, who's blood or whos handcuffs wasn't stated in paragraph I read and seems highly ambiguous as a write up in my opinion) and they say that showed sex motive. Said he was sentenced for 21 years, while also saying no sexual injuries or evidence of sex and sexual motive denied by the person convicted
Law page looked at said he is Eligible for parole: 17/9/2037
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