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Nurse struck off after axe killing

A 60-year-old nurse who killed her estranged husband with an axe has been struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Health visitor Wadanahalugeder Chandrasekera was handed a three-year community order last August after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of 57-year-old Sarath.

The mother-of-two hit him 11 times in the head with the axe at their home in Bearsted, Kent, on October 23, 2005, after he fathered a child with her niece.

Chandrasekera contested a claim that her fitness to practise was impaired by the conviction.

But an NMC panel struck her off, saying: "This is not only because of the extremely serious nature of the offence, but because of the effect of such a conviction on the reputation of the profession and the need to uphold and maintain public trust and confidence in the profession and the NMC."

NMC spokeswoman Stephanie Guyett added: "Chandrasekera has brought disrepute to her profession by being convicted of committing a serious crime.

"The Code of Conduct clearly states that nurses and midwives must behave in a way that upholds the reputation of the profession, and this includes behaviour even if it is not directly connected to their professional practice.

"The public has the right to expect nurses and midwives to act in a trustworthy manner, which this nurse has failed to do."

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