Hospital expresses sympathy over Halifax psychiatric patient’s death

The Cygnet Hospital, Bierley.
The Cygnet Hospital, Bierley.

A Bradford hospital where a Halifax woman died last summer has expressed its sympathy to her family.

Rachel Bowen, 49, a fellow in-patient at the Cygnet Hospital on Bierley Lane, was charged last week with the murder of 52-year-old Linda Goswell who was found dead last August.

In a statement the hospital said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the deceased’s family at this incredibly difficult time.

“Whilst court proceedings are underway it would not be appropriate to comment further.”

Bowen, who is currently being treated at Rampton Hospital in Nottingamshire, appeared before magistrates in Bradford last Friday via a video link after being charged with Miss Goswell’s murder.

Her case was transferred to the Bradford Crown Court where she was due to take part in a preliminary hearing via a video link to Rampton today (Tuesday), but technical problems meant the short hearing went ahead in her absence.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC was told that “diminished responsibility” was expected to be the main issue in the case and he set a further plea and case management hearing for July 31.

If a trial before a High Court judge is required it is not expected to take place until November.