Man appears in court over murder of HCA
A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Sharon Wall, a healthcare assistant at a mental health hospital in Gloucester.
Ryan Matthews, 61, was remanded in custody after a brief hearing at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on Saturday.
He spoke only to confirm his name, address, date of birth and the case was transferred to the Gloucester Crown Court.
On Friday Mr Matthews was charged with the murder of Ms Wall who died after being stabbed on 9 July while working at the inpatient unit of Wotton Lawn Hospital.
Wotton Lawn is an 88-bed acute mental health hospital with four wards, a nurse-led psychiatric unit and low secure unit. It is run by the 2gther NHS Foundation Trust.
A trust statement said Ms Wall was attacked at about 7.30am on Wednesday and was attended by colleagues before being taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital where she died from her injuries about an hour later.
Trust chief executive and registered nurse Shaun Clee has paid tribute to Ms Wall, describing her as a “highly compassionate and dedicated colleague”.
“Sharon Wall was a well-respected healthcare assistant and everyone who knew her speaks about her warmth, caring nature and good sense of humour. She will be deeply missed by colleagues and the service users she supported,” said Mr Clee.
“We are still in the early stages of the investigation and continue to assist Gloucestershire Police in their work. Above all, our thoughts remain with Sharon’s friends and family,” he added.
People also paid tribute to Ms Wall on Facebook and Twitter, while health secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “The events in Gloucestershire are devastating and our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of the staff member involved.”