Christopher Bowyer

Christopher Bowyer
OccupationCare assistant
Kill Total1
Kill PlaceCongelton
Kill DateAug 2009
VictimMary Bennett-79
CourtChester Crown Court
JudgeMrs Justice Dobbs
ProsceutionElwen Evans QC,
Case No:
Sunday 17th August 2008, Care worker Christopher bowyer set fire to the bed of one of the people in the care home where he worked, at the Clayton Manor care home in Congelton. 
His victim was severely affected with Alzheimer's and dementia so could not move or communicate as the flames took hold. He lit the bed linen then stood and watched before fleeing the room and pretending he had nothing to do with it.

Mrs Bennett was taken to a specialist burns unit in Manchester, where she died a week later.
A post-mortem examination found the cause of death was bronchial pneumonia brought on by smoke inhalation and burns.

Thursday 30th April 2009, Bowyer was convicted of murder and arson with intent to endanger life at Chester Crown Court.
Bowyer denied the charges and refused to enter the witness box during the defence case.

During the trial, Elwen Evans QC, prosecuting, told the court that Bowyer held a cigarette lighter to Mrs Bennett's quilt until it was "well alight".

Friday 1st May 2009, Bowyer was jailed for at least 27 years.
He was labelled a "danger to society" by Mrs Justice Dobbs.

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