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Nurse who stabbed her daughter, 4, to death and tried to kill herself is jailed for 12 years

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  • Dawn Makin, 45, became depressed after being sacked for leaking confidential information about patients to her former boyfriend
  • Following their split, he told her on Valentine's Day he was taking out another woman
  • Makin told Martin Campbell, ex-boyfriend, ‘I’ll make sure you pay for this for the rest of your life'
  • Daughter Chloe was found lying dead on bed few days later in clean pyjamas and dressing gown surrounded by cuddly toys
  • Tests revealed she would have been alive for a number of hours following attack
  • Suicide notes were found after mother slashed wrists telling her parents not to come into bedroom

By Nazia Parveen

PUBLISHED: 09:19 EST, 30 August 2012 | UPDATED: 11:48 EST, 30 August 2012

A nurse who stabbed her four-year-old daughter to death and tried to kill herself after she was sacked for leaking patient details has been jailed for 12 years.

Dawn Makin, 35, who is now permanently wheelchair bound, was described as a ‘model mother’ who came from a good Christian family.

But in the months leading up to the death of her daughter she had been unmasked as a health centre 'mole' after she secretly fed confidential data to her boyfriend who worked for a personal injury claims company.

Guilty: Dawn Makin as arrived at Preston Crown court in Lancashire, in a wheelchair, where she was jailed for 12 years today after she stabbed her daughter at the family home

Guilty: Dawn Makin as arrived at Preston Crown court in Lancashire, in a wheelchair, where she was jailed for 12 years today after she stabbed her daughter at the family home

Victim: Chloe Burke was found lying dead on her mother's bed in clean pyjamas and a dressing gown surrounded by cuddly toys

Victim: Chloe Burke was found lying dead on her mother's bed in clean pyjamas and a dressing gown surrounded by cuddly toys

After being investigated by health bosses, Makin stabbed Chloe Burke to death and then cut her wrists and drank toxic fluid in a bid to kill herself.

Today, at Preston Crown Court, she wept as she was jailed for manslaughter.

Sentencing Judge Anthony Russell said Makin had been suffering from a depressive disorder at the time of the killing.

He said: ‘The facts of this case are appalling

‘There was significant planning. The victim was a four-year-old child, vulnerable, and someone who trusted you. This was a sustained attack. Chloe must have undergone significant and considerable physical and emotional suffering.

‘Finally the physical injuries you have caused to yourself which are permanent and the knowledge that you have killed your only child will be with you for the rest of your life.’

The tragedy occurred in February last year seven months after Makin was sacked for illegally accessing a computer at the Moorgate Primary Care walk-in centre where she worked in Bury.

She had earlier been placed under investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office for leaking patient details to boyfriend Martin Campbell who was working as an agent for personal injuries claim firm Direct Assist.

Together: Makin playing with her daughter, four, on a bouncy castle before she killed her daughter and tired to kill herself

Together: Makin playing with her daughter, four, on a bouncy castle before she killed her daughter and tired to kill herself

Beautiful: Chloe's body was found on February 17 after her 'frantic' grandmother, Sheila Makin, raised the alarm. A neighbour broke down the door and made the discovery

Beautiful: Chloe's body was found on February 17 after her 'frantic' grandmother, Sheila Makin, raised the alarm. A neighbour broke down the door and made the discovery

Michael Burke, Chloe's father, outside court today. He said he was shocked at the sentence imposed on his former partner

Michael Burke, Chloe's father, outside court today. He said he was shocked at the sentence imposed on his former partner

Campbell, 34, obtained names and telephones of 29 road accident victims who had been treated at the walk in centre, a previous court case heard.

He attempted to sign them up and increase his pay check over a four-month period from December 2009.

He was caught when patients started to complain to NHS Bury in May 2010, saying that a man had called them about their injuries and encouraged them to make a personal injury claim.

NHS Bury then investigated and found the files had been accessed without legitimate reason by Makin, who had been a nurse for almost 15 years.

Makin was immediately suspended and in August 2010 she was dismissed.

In June last year Campbell was fined £1,050 plus £1,175 costs after he admitted seven counts of breaching the Data Protection Act and asked for 22 other offences to be considered.

Makin kept up the pretence of leading a normal life and did not tell her family or friends about her dismissal.

Mr Wright said: ‘She did seek further employment but every application floundered. She was applying for jobs but she was getting nowhere.’

The same month Makin made a serious attempt to take her own and Chloe’s life by gas. But she had ‘come to her senses’ and turned the jets off before any serious harm was caused.

Following the suicide attempt Makin and Mr Campbell separated to her ‘great distress’ and he left their home in Lea Mount Drive, Bury.

But matters ‘came to a head’ on Valentine’s Day in February 2011 when Makin learnt she was being summonsed to court to face data protection offences.

Later the same day she would try to rekindle her relationship with Mr Campbell but he would tell her that he was taking another woman out for dinner.

‘She was in an emotional spiral of dissent into despair,’ said Mr Wright.

Makin sent a number of ‘angry’ text messages to her former lover, saying: ‘I’ll make sure you pay for this for the rest of your life’ and ‘I feel really low, really bad. My life is over.’

The court heard Valentine’s day would be the last time that anyone would see Chloe alive after Makin picked her up from her child minders at 3pm.

Chloe’s body was found three days later on February 17 after her ‘frantic’ grandmother, Sheila Makin, raised the alarm. A neighbour broke down the door and made the discovery.

Makin left and right: The court heard how she sent a number of 'angry' text messages to her former lover after their split, saying: 'I'll make sure you pay for this for the rest of your life'

Chloe was found dead in her mother’s bed in her pyjama’s and a dressing gown surrounded by cuddly toys.

Her mother lay unconscious beside her and had slashed her wrists. There was a bottle of anti-freeze on the floor.

Chloe had suffered deep wounds to her neck and chest.

The court heard Chloe had tried to protect herself as demonstrated by injuries to her hands. Tests also revealed that she would have been alive for a number of hours following the attack.

Suicide notes were found including a one to Makin’s parents’ Sheila and Derek warning them not to enter the bedroom.

And on a photograph of her daughter she had scribbled: ‘I am so sorry. I have taken her away from you all but I could not leave her with no money. That would be cruel.’

The court heard that Makin had attempted a ‘clean-up’ and bloodstained items were found in the laundry basket. Traces of Chloe’s blood were also found in the bathroom and kitchen.

Makin was rushed to hospital in a critical condition and later regained partial consciousness but for several months was deemed to be too ill to be interviewed by police.

She was charged with murder ten months later but is now confined to a wheelchair and has been living under 24 hour care in a hospital rehabilitation unit.

Makin’s defence, Nicholas Johnson said: ‘Dawn Makin will never be released from the prison that she has made for her own body.’

Tragic: Chloe in the back seat of a car. Her father said that following today his daughter could rest. He said she was buried a short distance from his home and he visits her grave often

Tragic: Chloe in the back seat of a car. Her father said that following today his daughter could rest. He said she was buried a short distance from his home and he visits her grave often

Regret: Makin's solicitor said outside court that Makin was 'seriously mentally deranged' and 'must now live with the consequences'

Regret: Makin's solicitor said outside court that Makin was 'seriously mentally deranged' and 'must now live with the consequences'

After the verdict, Chloe’s father, Michael Burke, said he was shocked at the sentence imposed on his former partner.

He added: ‘She has already gone through a great deal of pain and she can’t even walk anymore.

‘This has been an absolute nightmare.'

He choked back tears as he spoke about his 'bubbly and lovely' daughter.

He added: 'Chloe can rest now, now it's all over. I'm so glad it's over.'

He said Chloe was buried a short distance from his home and he visits her grave often.

Mr Burke also said it was a tragedy that Makin never told anybody about her depression or asked for help.

Scene of the crime: Police were called to the family home (pictured) in Bury, Manchester where Chloe was found dead in February 2011

Scene of the crime: Police were called to the family home (pictured) in Bury, Manchester where Chloe was found dead in February 2011

'She should have come to me,' he said.

Makin's solicitor, standing beside the defendant's mother on the steps of the court building, said: 'Words cannot describe the utter despair that would drive a mother to take the life of her only child and thereafter attempt to take her own.

'Equally, words fail to describe the desolation each day since the terrible tragedy has brought and continues to bring to Dawn Makin and her family.

'This was a catastrophic crime committed by a mother who was seriously mentally deranged.

'The law has taken its course and has recognised that at the time Dawn Makin suffered a serious mental illness and she must now live with the consequences.'

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