Tyne & Wear

Man admits manslaughter of sister in North Tyneside

House in Central Avenue
Image caption Police and an ambulance crew were called to the house in Central Avenue

The brother of a 58-year-old North Tyneside woman has pleaded guilty to her manslaughter.

Emergency services were called to the home of Cynthia and John Barrass in Central Avenue, North Shields, in February.

She was taken to hospital but died there later.

Barrass, 55, was charged with manslaughter and pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court. He is due to be sentenced in January.

When her death was first reported by police they said when she was taken to hospital that staff had found signs of neglect and placed her in intensive care, but she later died.

A spokesperson for North Tyneside Safeguarding Adults Board said: "This is a very sad case.

"At an early stage North Tyneside Safeguarding Adults Board decided it was important to carry out a serious case review into the circumstances surrounding Ms Barrass' death.

"A review will establish whether there are any lessons to be learnt about the way in which staff and agencies worked together to safeguard Ms Barrass."

The findings of the review are expected to be published next year.

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