Nurse, 60, is fired after taking Mercedes to a car wash after son shot dead rival in back seat

The 60-year-old nurse, who was jailed for taking an NHS-leased Mercedes to a car wash after her son shot a rival in the back seat, will be axed

  • Vincenzo De Falco ‘put Jonathan Smith on his knees’ in the backseat of mom’s Mercedes.
  • Patricia Dean called in sick and had her NHS leased car deep cleaned
  • The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) decided to remove Dean from the register
  • Dean had denied involvement but was found guilty of assisting an abuser

A mental health nurse jailed for taking her NHS-funded ‘company car’ to a car wash after her son shot and wounded a love rival in the back seat has been axed.

Patricia Dean has called in sick from work to have her Mercedes deep cleaned after her 31-year-old son Vincenzo De Falco shot and killed Jonathan Smith at close range with a shotgun in the leg when he was buying cannabis from him in January 2019.

As police chased their son, Dean, a specialist mental health nurse at North Manchester General Hospital, had the vehicle given a full valet at a car wash to remove traces of Mr Smith’s blood.

Mr Smith, who was in a relationship with De Falco’s girlfriend, was found on the street in Rochdale, Greater Manchester and underwent a 56-hour operation which ultimately resulted in doctors having to amputate the leg just below the knee.

Police later seized the Mercedes C350 Sport E car and found traces of his blood on the seals around the rear passenger compartment.

The former psychiatric nurse was later sentenced to 18 months in prison at Bolton Crown Court after being found guilty of assisting a criminal.

However, it appears that Dean has now been released early from prison after recently posting lamps for sale on her Facebook page.

Patricia Dean, 60, (pictured) has been sacked after cleaning up a crime scene for her own son after he shot and wounded a love rival in their NHS-funded company car

Patricia Dean, 60, (pictured) has been sacked after cleaning up a crime scene for her own son after he shot and wounded a love rival in their NHS-funded company car

Dean (right) called in sick from work to have her sports model Mercedes deep cleaned after 31-year-old Vincenzo De Falco (pictured left) shot Jonathan Smith in the left leg at close range with a shotgun

Dean (right) called in sick from work to have her sports model Mercedes deep cleaned after 31-year-old Vincenzo De Falco (pictured left) shot Jonathan Smith in the left leg at close range with a shotgun

Dean has also claimed that she was unaware of her son’s behavior before the car was serviced and has maintained her innocence.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) voted to remove Dean from its register on August 4, after a two-day hearing on the incident.

The NMC panel said: “The panel noted that no concerns had been raised about your clinical practice and had positive testimonials from colleagues about your nursing skills.

“Your criminal behavior occurred outside of a work context and the panel concluded that you pose no risk to patients.

Patricia Dean

Vincenzo de Falco

Dean (left) has also claimed she was completely unaware of her son De Falco’s (right) behavior before the car was serviced and has maintained her innocence

“The panel found that your actions and conviction constitute a serious breach of the fundamental tenets of the profession and represent a material departure from the standards expected of a registered nurse.

“The panel has concluded that the circumstances leading to your conviction are fundamentally inconsistent with your continued existence on the register.

“The panel determined that the appropriate and proportionate sanction is that of a delist order.

“The panel felt that the findings in this particular case show that your actions were serious and allowing you to continue to practice would undermine public confidence in the profession and in NMC as a regulator.

The panel concluded that Dean (pictured) had shown

The panel concluded that Dean (pictured) had shown “limited insight” into her conviction

“The panel felt that this order was necessary to emphasize the importance of maintaining public confidence in the profession and to send a clear message to the public and the profession about the standard of conduct required of a registered nurse. “

Although she wanted to continue practicing as a nurse, Dean initially said she would voluntarily remove her name from the register to avoid “further embarrassment.”

The panel concluded that Dean had shown “limited insight” into her beliefs.

Dean’s son De Falco was sentenced to 11 years and three months in prison last November after pleading guilty to intentionally causing grievous bodily harm and supplying cannabis.

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