Robert Searle had been tormented by mental illness throughout his life.
His father had committed suicide when he was 15 and Searle too developed depression.
The teenager studied to become a successful painter and decorator.
He had to give up the trade in the 1980s to bring up his three children as a single father after his wife left him.
He developed obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and severe depression, and was first sectioned with his eldest daughter Catherine’s consent in 2002, spending five months in the Avondale unit at Royal Preston Hospital.
This meant he had to move out of the family home in Beachley Road, Ingol where he had lived with his son John, and other daughter Sharon.
After leaving the unit, he moved into a flat in Deepdale, but was later sectioned again.
In 2006, while living at Catherine’s home in Ribbleton, the grandad-of-seven stabbed himself in the stomach in a suicide attempt.
She awoke to find a note that said ‘Sorry Cat, I can’t go on’, and saw paramedics arrive at her home.
This was the turning point which resulted in Searle being housed in a supported housing scheme in Glebe Close, Fulwood.
He appeared to adjust to life there after moving in 2006, and had started taking cooking classes.
But he was becoming anxious, believing he may be moved to sheltered accommodation.
He was looked after by a number of support staff including Philip Ellison.
Mr Ellison had been so concerned about Searle that on the morning of his death, on April 7, 2008, he requested a psychiatric assessment be brought forward.
Colleagues entered Mr Ellison’s room to find Searle sat astride him, raining down blows with a knife.
Mr Ellison died from 31 wounds.
When quizzed, Searle said he believed he had been laughing at him. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility after a report concluded he had a severe depressive disorder which amounted to an abnormality of mind.
The events left two families devastated, with Searle’s eldest daughter apologising in the LEP for her dad’s actions and saying he would never have meant to hurt anyone “if he was well”.
Philip Ellison, one of nine children, travelled thousands of miles as an eight-year-old by road with his mum Clara from Karachi, Pakistan, to join his father John, who was working as a labourer in Preston.
Living in the same terraced area of Deepdale Road, and experiencing the loneliness that new Asian families often did, he became firm friends with William Gill, who had also moved from Pakistan.
They attended St John Fisher school – now Christ the King Catholic High School – in Lawrence Avenue, Frenchwood.
Growing up he adored Elvis and became a teddy boy, known to carry a tape recorder around with him.
Philip became a nurse, caring for patients at Whittingham Hospital, near Preston.
He went on to run a petrol station in Bow Lane, before becoming a community support worker at Lancashire County Council.
Philip married Seraphine and had three sons.
Later he took up work as a resident support officer at the supported housing scheme.
A report concluded the frenzied attack was “unforeseeable” by health experts, despite the lack of a full risk assessment on his paranoid killer.
An independent investigation, commissioned by Health and Social Care Advisory Service, cleared Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust of “a causal link” to the killing, but it was noted some of the Trust’s decisions - includign a suggestion Searle may have to move out of his supported tenancy - had a detrimental effect on the maintenance of his mental health.
Other concerns included five successive care coordinators failed to assess Mr Searle as a vulnerable adult and a “poor” relationship between a care coordinator, staff at the supported tenancy and other mental health support staff contributed to an “ill-informed” plan for Searle’s future.