Kent

Sittingbourne man admits manslaughter of grandmother, 85

Rectory Road, Sittingbourne, Kent Image copyright Google
Image caption Police were called to Jean Robertson's home in Rectory Road

A man has admitted killing his 85-year-old grandmother and been sent to a secure hospital indefinitely.

Stuart Lay, 44, of Homewood Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent, had denied murder, but pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Jean Robertson.

Maidstone Crown Court accepted his plea when he appeared on Monday.

He was sentenced to be detained under the Mental Health Act. Mrs Robertson died of injuries on her way to hospital after he overpowered her at her home.

The incident happened in Rectory Road, Sittingbourne, last November.

Kent Police said he visited her to ask to store belongings in her shed, but became aggressive and struck her several times with a stool, knocking her to the floor.

Officers said he carried on assaulting her, then called for an ambulance.

'Routine visit'

Det Insp Ivan Beasley said it was an unprovoked attack: "What may have started as a routine visit to his grandmother, ended in her death when Lay's behaviour changed.

"This is a tragic loss for a family and Lay is now in a secure unit where the public can be protected and he can receive the medical treatment he needs," he added.

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