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Margaret Panting (Sheffield)

A review into the death of a 78 year old woman from Sheffield who died after suffering “unbelievable cruelty” while living with relatives. After her death in 2001, a post-mortem found 49 injuries on her body including cuts probably made by a razor blade and cigarette burns. Professional learning:

  • This case was the catalyst for the introduction of section 4 offence in the Domestic Violence Crimes and Victims Act 2005 of “causing or allowing the death of a child or vulnerable adult”.

2004 Margaret Panting (Sheffield)