Son sentenced to 15 years minimum for stabbing his mother to death

11/12/2012

Kieren Smith, 17 from Weymouth was today sentenced at Winchester Crown Court to a minimum of 15 years’ imprisonment for the murder of his mother Leah Whittle, 42 who he stabbed to death in the flat that they shared together in the Lanehouse area of Weymouth.

John Montague Senior District Crown Prosecutor for CPS Wessex said "This is a tragic case where a son stabbed his mother 94 times in a frenzied attack. He then left her dead for almost a day in their flat.

"When interviewed by the police Kieren Smith told them that he had witnessed two men breaking into his home stab his mother and stated that he had fled the scene as he was scared of becoming a suspect. He also suggested to a friend that his mother's life was in danger due to a drug debt that he believed his brother owed. He maintained this account in court even after his brother bravely gave evidence to the contrary.

"The prosecution case was that he had stabbed his mother 94 times in a frenzied attack inflicting wounds to the upper part of her body. He then changed his clothing, took money out of his mother's purse and left her body in the hallway. He then climbed down a drain pipe outside the flat. He met with friends and carried on as if nothing untoward had happened. He contacted the police the following afternoon.

"During his trial, Kieren Smith continued to deny the murder of his mother. The jury after hearing the prosecution and the defence case was satisfied that he had killed her.

"Leah Whittle not only died in horrific circumstances but died at the hands of her son who was then, 16. Her family and friends will have to live with this tragic memory. We hope that this conviction will bring them some kind of comfort.

"We would like to thank the witnesses who gave evidence in the trial. Our thoughts are now with the remaining members of the family who have lost a mother and a daughter in truly horrific circumstances.

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