A LONG EATON woman found dead on the outskirts of the town was a psychologist involved in the care of a sex offender who attacked a boy while on leave from a mental health unit, it has been revealed.
It emerged this week that Dr Lisa Derriscott, 33, whose body was discovered in a burning car in a field off Wilne Lane, Sawley, two weeks ago, worked for St Andrew’s Healthcare at the unit in Mansfield.
She was found dead in the Vauxhall Corsa at about 8.50am on 3rd August, the day before a patient from the centre – 43-year-old Shaun Tudor – appeared in court and admitted the sexual assault and attempted rape of a 10-year-old boy.
An inquest was opened and adjourned last week but police are not treating Dr Derriscott’s death as suspicious and believe there was no third party involvement.
St Andrew’s Healthcare confirmed she had worked at its unit on Sherwood Oaks Business Park.
Tudor had been on unescorted leave from the centre when he committed the attack less than two miles away in woodland near Rainworth on 20th July.
External and internal investigations into Tudor’s care and release on leave have already been launched.
St Andrew’s has paid tribute to Dr Derriscott, who lived in Long Eaton.
In a statement, the charity said: “Colleagues at St Andrew’s Healthcare were saddened by the news that a valued and respected member of staff died suddenly last week.
“She made an important contribution to the charity and those in our care and was a valued member of our multi-disciplinary teams at St Andrew’s Northampton and Nottinghamshire sites.
“Lisa will be greatly missed and we extend our sincere sympathies to her friends and family.”
St Andrew’s Healthcare is a 70-space men-only unit for people diagnosed with learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders.
At his 4th August hearing at Nottingham Crown Court, it emerged Tudor had spent 23 years in various mental health institutions including high-security Rampton Hospital, following a conviction for assaulting a 14-year-old boy in Birmingham in 1988.
He had been moved to St Andrew’s at Mansfield in December last year.
Tudor, who has Asperger Syndrome and learning difficulties, remains in custody awaiting sentencing at Nottingham Crown Court on 30th September.