‘Man called Jesus’ made deluded son kill mother

A MENTALLY-ill son suffering from delusions about Jesus slashed his mother’s throat with a knife while she was cooking supper at the family home and then planned to kill his father and sister, a court heard.

Paranoid schizophrenic Darren Weatherley attacked his mother Carol, 53, at the family’s Needham home, on the Suffolk and Norfolk border.

When his father Michael returned from work he said he had “to do it” and told his father it was better he did not see his wife’s body.

Weatherley, who has now been admitted to the Norvic Clinic, Norfolk’s secure unit, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

And in an impact statement read at Norwich Crown Court, his father Michael said the family was still struggling to cope and felt it had been let down by mental health services who knew their son suffered from schizophrenia. He also criticised the length of time it took for emergency services to attend at the address.


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He described his wife as an angel who loved and cared for her family. “I have lost my best friend.”

Nick Methold, prosecuting, said Darren Weatherley, 34, told his father he was going to be next and he was also going to kill his sister as he saw it as a kind of “mercy killing”.

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Weatherley’s father managed to disarm him and called 999. Weatherley later confessed to police that “a man called Jesus” had made him do it.

Mr Methold said: “He said he intended to kill his mother, his father and sister that day.”

Mr Methold said Weatherley said he had done this because of a man called Jesus.

After hearing from two psychiatrists Mr Justice Bean made him subject to a hospital order under which he will be detained indefinitely.

Mr Justice Bean told him: ”This is a very sad case and a tragedy for your family. You killed your mother who had done so much to look after you.”

He said it was clear from reports from two psychiatrists that he was suffering from the effects of paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the killing.

He said Michael Weatherley felt the family had been let down by the mental health services and this would be a matter which would be investigated as part of an inquest into Carol’s death, saying: “It is not a matter for me at this sentencing hearing.”

John Farmer, for Darren Weatherley, said: “The defendant wants to be sure the court knows his condition and why he did it.” He said it was very hard to come to terms with what happened.

After the case Det Chief Insp Jes Fry said: “Our thoughts are with the family at this time.”

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