|Posted by Team FullStop on April 21, 2013 at 7:45 AM|
This article was posted on September 29th 2009
'An inquest has found that a woman killed herself and her severely disabled daughter "due to the stress and anxiety regarding her daughter's future, and ongoing anti-social behaviour."
Mencap has urged the government to take disability hate crime more seriously, and is calling for people to share their experiences, so that the true scale of the problem can be revealed.
The bodies of Fiona Pilkington, 38, and her daughter Francecca Hardwick, 18, were found in a Leicestershire lay-by in 2007. The jury at the inquest heard that Ms Pilkington had apparently poured a 10-litre can of petrol over the back seat of the car before setting it alight.
The family had suffered years of abuse from a gang of up to 16 youths. Despite a 300-yard exclusion zone for the gang, they reportedly threw stones, eggs and flour at the family home.
The jury criticised the police for not dealing with Ms Pilkington's repeated complaints about the gang, and highlighted lack of action by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and Leicestershire County Council.'
Many people do not understand the consequences of hate crime... This example is just so horrific. Hate crime needs to be stopped before anything like this happens again.