Woman jailed after admitting killing her mother

17/01/2014

A Liverpool woman who admitted killing her mother has been sentenced to ten months in prison.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that 62 year old Carol Parr was found dead on the floor of her bedroom at her home in Walton in Liverpool on 10 June 2013.

Carol's body was found by her daughter in law, Samantha Parr, after Carol's employer raised the alarm.

She appeared to have been strangled. Her daughter Emma, 38, who lived with her, was missing from the house.

Emma was found at around 10.30pm that night following a police search. She was in Runcorn in her car.

She was arrested on suspicion of her mother's murder.

Emma's brother Jason told the police that Emma and her mother had previously had a good relationship but that relationship had become strained as Emma struggled to cope with her own mental health issues.

In the run up to the court case, Emma was detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act.

Psychiatric examinations of Emma after her arrest confirmed that she was suffering from a severe depressive episode with psychotic symptoms at the time she killed her mother.

She pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her mother on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Rachael Barber, Senior Crown Prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service, Mersey Cheshire, said: "This is a very sad case.

"Emma Parr and her mother had enjoyed a close relationship over the years. They were said to be more like friends than mother and daughter.

"That relationship came under strain in the weeks leading up to Carol's death but we may never know what made Emma take her mother's life on that fateful day last June.

"Her guilty plea to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility has brought this sad case to a swift conclusion.

"Our thoughts at this time are with the relatives and friends of Carol Parr."

Sentencing, Judge Mr Justice MacDuff said: "I am entirely satisfied that what you did on that dreadful night was largely outside your control.

"I am satisfied that through it all you continued to love your mother and she you. 

"I am also satisfied that what you did was wholly out of character and that you are a loving and caring person who will find it difficult in the future to live with this episode which will form an important part of your past."