A jobless man has admitted killing his own mother over an argument of milk in a cup of tea.
Thomas Westwood, 46, knifed his 68-year-old mother Susan Westwood, 17 times at her home in Coventry on Friday, December 1, last year. She suffered fatal injuries in the attack which later took her life.
The unemployed killer, of Tile Hill, Coventry, was arrested after officers were called to the scene. He claimed his mother had been bullying him every day and said she was the one who first attacked him with the knife.
He reportedly told officers the incident began after he made a cup of tea for his mother which was ‘not milky enough’.
Susan’s family said in a statement: ‘We as a family have been left devastated and heartbroken at the loss of Susan.
She was a loving mum, nan, sister, auntie and friend who will be missed so much.
‘She was a kind, funny, generous warm loving person. She did not deserve to lose her life in the most cruelest of ways.
‘To lose someone in your life is bad enough, but for Susan to be killed by someone she loved and supported endlessly is the cruellest blow. Someone she trusted and loved.
‘This is beyond our comprehension.
‘No family imagines ever having to go through such a traumatic event in their lives. We now have to face reality and realise Susan is never coming back to us.
‘A big hole is left in our hearts that will never be filled. We pray she rests in peace now.’
According to Mail Online, Westwood pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility on the first day of his trial.
Prosecuting, Mr. Peter Grieves-Smith said at the time of the killing the defendant was suffering with paranoid schizophrenia. He said Westwood had ‘certain beliefs’ about his mother.
Westwood is due to be sentenced on Friday 3 August at Leamington Justice Court.
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