Man tried to decapitate mother - court

A MENTALLY ill Suffolk man who tried to decapitate his mother with a Samurai sword has been detained indefinitely after admitting her manslaughter.Tarron Waterman, 21, inflicted two blows to the front of 39-year-old Theresa Botwright's neck and one to the back of her neck in the kitchen of their Suffolk home, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

A MENTALLY ill Suffolk man who tried to decapitate his mother with a Samurai sword has been detained indefinitely after admitting her manslaughter.

Tarron Waterman, 21, inflicted two blows to the front of 39-year-old Theresa Botwright's neck and one to the back of her neck in the kitchen of their Suffolk home, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Rosamund Horwood-Smart QC, prosecuting, said that although the wounds were deep and were delivered with some force they hadn't decapitated Mrs Botwright.

When police officers searched the home she shared with her son in Station Road, Corton, they found a notebook of drawings on his bed which was open at a page signed by him showing a decapitation.


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Waterman admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was made the subject of a hospital order under the Mental Health Act.

Judge John Devaux ordered that he should be detained indefinitely until he was considered fit for release by the Home Secretary or the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

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Sentencing Waterman Judge Devaux said he had been on a “downward spiral” for several months before he killed his mother and had been exhibiting unusual behaviour.

This included making a list of words that his mother wasn't allowed to use and talking about aliens and the SAS.

He said that experts had found Waterman was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the killing and had advised that he could deteriorate rapidly and become dangerous without continued intensive treatment and support.

Miss Horwood-Smart said Mrs Botwright had been an alcoholic and Waterman had spent many years living with his aunt.

In July last year he returned to live with his mother and both of them had found it a difficult experience.

Living conditions in the house had become increasingly squalid and Waterman's behaviour had become increasingly bizarre, said Miss Horwood-Smart.

On December 14 Mrs Botwright returned home late in the evening and prepared a microwave meal for herself and her son.

An argument was heard coming from the house and around that time Waterman had attacked his mother with a Samurai sword which had been given to him by his girlfriend.

Waterman had then carried his mother's body into the garden and left it covered with a rug in a greenhouse.

He was arrested at his aunt's house after Mrs Botwright's body was discovered by her father.

Waterman was sectioned and taken to hospital for treatment after a doctor deemed him unfit to be interviewed.

When he spoke to police five months later he said he couldn't remember what had happened on the night in question.

David Etherington QC, for Waterman, said the case was desperately sad and tragic.

He said that people who knew his client could see something was going horribly wrong in the six months before he killed his mother.

He had been suffering from delusions and couldn't tolerate his mother saying certain words. He had also been seen playing with knives with a strange look in his eyes.

Mr Etherington said Waterman was seriously mentally ill when he killed his mother and although he had made a considerable amount of progress he required further treatment.

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