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Gareth Emery sentenced for killing aunt Anne Dunkley with shovel

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Image caption Anne Dunkley died from head injuries, a post-mortem examination confirmed

A man has been given a life sentence after he admitted killing his aunt at her home.

Gareth Emery, 24, from Shirley, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at Birmingham Crown Court.

Police said he attacked his 67-year-old Anne Dunkley with a shovel at her Solihull address last June.

Emery, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia after the attack, was given a minimum term of nine years.

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Ms Dunkley, a retired teacher and church warden, was attacked on the driveway of her home in Elmdon Road, Marston Green.

She died in hospital from severe head injuries.

In a statement, her family said: "We will now concentrate on remembering Anne as she was; full of love, energy and generosity, and the many happy times she shared with so many."

Emery, of Clifton Road, appeared in court via video link.

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