The Priory could face multi-million-pound fine over death of girl, 14, in its care
THE Priory has been slammed by the family of a girl who died in its care after being told it faces a multi-million-pound fine.
Lawyers at the psychiatric-care group yesterday said they will be entering a guilty plea when the case comes to a crown court next month.
Amy was on suicide watch when she died in 2016PA:Press Association
The company is being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive following the death of 14-year-old Amy El-Keria in Ticehurst House hospital near Wadhurst, East Sussex, in 2016.
The teen, who was on suicide watch, hanged herself after being left in her room with a scarf.
Prosecutor Sarah Le Fevre told Brighton magistrates yesterday the starting point for the fine will be £2.4million during the sentencing hearing on February 6 in Lewes.
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Amy’s tearful mum Tania said: “Her mental healthcare should never have been put in the hands of a company whose priority was placing profit over her safety.
“Fourteen years we kept her safe but within three months at the Priory she was dead.”
The group, whose past patients included Kate Moss, Robbie Williams and Amy Winehouse, said: “We are truly sorry and extend our deepest sympathies to Amy’s family.”
WHERE TO GET HELP
IF you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
Beat, www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk, 0808 801 0667
CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
Hector’s House, www.hectorshouse.org.uk
Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123