Mr Kimber outside the magistrates court in Newport earlier this year

ANTHONY KIMBER FOUND NOT GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER FOLLOWING TRIAL

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61-year-old Anthony Kimber has been found NOT guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence and causing the death of a vulnerable adult after his mother died in an armchair at their shared home back in 2015.

Hazel Kimber, 83, was found dead at the property she shared with her son in Ryde Road, Seaview on 31st August 2015. Mrs Kimber was severely malnourished and her spine had become rigid and concave from sitting in the same chair for a period of 2 years. The chair had started to rot away beneath her.

Mrs Kimber died from the effects of malnutrition and blood clots in her lungs.

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Although no legal action was taken at the time, the case was reinvestigated and charges were brought against Mr Kimber at the start of 2019. Anthony Kimber has always denied the charges against him and he was today (Friday) found not guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence and also cleared of causing/allowing the death of a vulnerable adult following a trial at Winchester Crown Court.

Jurors heard throughout the trial how the family home was in a state of decay, with strong smells of urine, excrement and mould.

The prosecution claimed that Mr Kimber had left his mother in utter squalor, but as he explained to the court she had rejected offers of medical assistance and was frightened of leaving her home, where she had lived for 75 years. He told the court that he regrets not going against her wishes.

 

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she must have been quite a strong woman in her day and demanded that she be left alone by him. I suspect that she was extremely vociferous towards him, if he tried to interfere in her decisions.

the court and the jury have made their decision and whilst on the surface it seems odd, I do not know the background story, so must respect it. – RIP.

there was a teacher at the old Haylands Primary back in the 1970’s called Mrs Kimber – taught the 5 year olds – wonder if she was the same person.

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I wondered that too! She was my teacher and I’m now 42, think she would have been older as she retired while I was still at haylands primary, around mid 1980’s. Would explain a lot if it was her as I still remember being dragged across the classroom by her when I was 5. All I did was fail to put my book away quickly enough!

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she was born in 1932 and would have been mid 50’s in the 1980’s – could have been early retirement I guess. Unless someone knows for sure, then we may never know, if it was the same teacher, that struck fear into the hearts of 5 year olds! – not that it did any harm though – no one was “damaged” in any way.

everyone always turned up for class and her idea of dealing with what is known as ADHD today, was the threat of a back hand across the chops – that sure got your attention and definitely focused your mind. She didn’t seem to have any attention deficits in her classes or children that wouldn’t SIT DOWN AND BE QUIET OR ELSE!

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