Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Killer son tried to remove mother's brain

A man has admitted beating his mother to death and trying to remove her brain during an attack at their home on the Isle of Bute.

David McNeil, 40, who has mental health problems, claimed voices had told him to attack 73-year-old Mary-Rose McNeil at the house in Rothesay in June.

McNeil pleaded guilty at the High Court in Glasgow to culpable homicide on the grounds of diminished responsibility. READ MORE

The case was adjourned and he was told he would be held at the State Hospital.

The court heard that on the morning of the attack McNeil had phoned 999 asking for the police to come to the home he shared with his mother.

During the call, Mrs McNeil came on the line and told the operator that her son was schizophrenic and had not taken his medication, but that everything was fine.

The court heard Mrs McNeil's daughter, Shona McLachlan, collected library books from the house later that morning and said everything seemed fine.

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