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Christmas killer admits manslaughter of own mother
A son has admitted killing his 86-year-old mother just two days after Christmas last year.
William "Buck" Smith, from Atheldene Road, Earlsfield, appeared at the Old Bailey on Wednesday where he denied a charge of murder but pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter.
The Old Bailey judge accepted Smith's plea and sentenced him to a hospital order, meaning he will be locked up indefinitely in a mental institution.
Police were called to a house in Kennet Close, Way Down Estate, Battersea, belonging to Delores Smith, the defendant's mother, on December 27 last year.
Smith admitted killing his mother by slitting her throat before calling police to own up to the crime.
Officers reportedly found Mrs Smith lying on the kitchen floor next to several bloodied saucepans and a kitchen knife.
He also assaulted a police officer when they arrived.
Officers found Mrs Smith suffering from head injuries but despite attempts to revive her she was pronounced dead at the scene.
A post-mortem conducted at St Georges Hospital Mortuary gave the cause of death as head injuries.
Smith underwent a mental health assessment in January which he apparently passed and was due to stand trial on November 11 at the Old Bailey.
A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said: "William Smith was detained under section 31 of the Mental Health Act."
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