Stoke-on-Trent mum given indefinite hospital after killing two children and stabbing partner

Veronique John
-Credit: (Image: Staffordshire Police)

A mum has been made the subject of an indefinite hospital order after she killed her two children. Veronique John, 50, also stabbed her partner following the incident but he survived his injuries.

John, of Stoke-on-Trent, was deemed unfit to plead by the court. She was subject to a trial of facts at Nottingham Crown Court which she did not participate in.

Police had been called to a car wash on Campbell Road, Stoke, following reports that a man had been stabbed on June 11 last year. Officers then travelled to a home on Flax Street where they found Ethan, 11, and Elizabeth, seven, with "significant injuries."

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Both of the children were unresponsive and died at the scene. John was made the subject of an indefinite hospital order today (Monday, July 1).

She was unable to stand trial after the court determined she was unfit to do so, meaning that criminal proceedings were unable to continue. The jury concluded that Veronique John carried out the attacks on her two children and her partner.

Elizabeth and Ethan John
Elizabeth and Ethan John -Credit:Staffordshire Police

Detective Chief Inspector Cheryl Hannan, from Staffordshire Police's Major Investigations Department, said: "This case was distressing for all involved, it was traumatic for the local community and has left so many people devastated by what happened.

"It’s not lost on me nor any of the officers that were involved in this investigation the lasting effect it will have on the many people that knew Ethan and Elizabeth, and the fond memories they have of them.

"My thoughts remain with their father, family and friends at such a tragic time both here and in other parts of the world. I’d also like to thank everyone from the local community who pulled together in such desperate times to help us investigate what happened and to provide as much support as possible for those affected."

A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police added: "The difference between a trial-of-facts and a criminal trial is that a jury does not need to decide if the person is guilty or not guilty, nor do they consider the mental state of the person involved. Instead, they are only asked to decide if the person involved committed the acts they have been charged with.

"If the subject was deemed to be fit to plead in the future, a trial would then be called."