Son who beat his doctor father to death reads poem at inquest

Dr Kim Harrison, 68, was punched, kicked, stamped on and beaten with a broom handle by his son
Dr Kim Harrison, 68, was punched, kicked, stamped on and beaten with a broom handle by his son - WALES NEWS SERVICE

A son who beat his father, a retired doctor, to death after escaping from a psychiatric hospital has read a poem at his inquest.

Dr Kim Harrison, 68, a lung specialist, was fatally attacked by his son Daniel Harrison on March 12 last year, after he fled from doctors who had sectioned him under the mental health act.

Harrison, 38, was chased by health workers after sprinting out of Neath Port Talbot hospital. He then travelled 12 miles in a taxi to his parents’ detached country home.

Dr Harrison was attacked at Coniston Hall home in Clydach, Swansea, where he was punched, kicked and stamped on and beaten with a broom handle by his son.

He died 20 days later. Harrison was sentenced for manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.

Dan Harrison, 38, was chased by health workers after sprinting out of Neath Port Talbot hospital, South Wales
Daniel Harrison, 38, was chased by health workers after sprinting out of Neath Port Talbot hospital, South Wales - WALES NEWS SERVICE

‘You have made the biggest sacrifice’

At an inquest this week, before a jury at Swansea Guildhall, attended by medical experts and lawyers, Harrison joined on a video call and read a poem that ended with “from your ever-loving son, Dan”.

He read: “Dear Dad, I wish you were here with me on this, your special day, for me to hold your hand and give you a hug, for you to understand how deep my love for you is.

“Through the tragic loss we have all endured you have made the biggest sacrifice one can make.

“To heal the bones as they had once unknowingly broken and did not know how to mend.

“I wish you were here by my side for you to help guide me through life with arms open wide.

“I am so sorry for all of our loss and I hope in my heart you can feel these words and look back upon me with that same gentle smile for which you will always be remembered.”

‘Abnormality of mind’

A court previously heard that Harrison had told a police interview that he stamped “with the heel of his foot” on Dr Harrison’s throat and shouted at him calling him a “f------ c---”.

Doctors said Harrison was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and suffered an “abnormality of mind”.

Harrison admitted manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility and was remanded indefinitely to a secure hospital under section 37 of the Mental Health Act.

The inquest is due to last two and a half weeks. Dr Harrison’s widow, Dr Jane Harrison, told the inquest: “How do you encapsulate a life? How do you convey the essence of 68 years of a life well lived? A professional career going back 50 years, a loving marriage of 41 years, 38 years of wonderful parenting?”

She said of her son: “It is testament to his recovery, his strength and his deep love for Kim that he is here with us.”

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