Tyne & Wear

Joan Barnett 2014 death: William Levi Gales accused of manslaughter and fraud

A man has been charged with manslaughter following the death of an 87-year-old Sunderland woman in 2014.

Joan Barnett suffered injuries at her home in Newlands Avenue, Tunstall, and later died in hospital.

William Levi Gales, 44 and of Borrowdale Street, Hartlepool, has also been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud.

He will appear at Sunderland Magistrates' Court 26 April, alongside three others also charged with fraud.

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