Leeds & West Yorkshire

Manslaughter accused Angela Pearson 'loved mum dearly'

A civilian police worker accused of killing her mother by gross negligence has told a court she "loved her dearly" and never meant to hurt her.

Preston Crown Court has heard Eileen Pearson, 82, from Guiseley, Leeds, was "severely emaciated" when she was taken to Leeds General Infirmary in May 2011.

Her daughter, Angela Pearson, 53, of Ghyll Royd, Guiseley, denies manslaughter by gross negligence.

She told a jury she was trying to look after her mother the best she could.

Giving evidence, Ms Pearson said: "I loved her dearly. She was my life, I just cannot believe this is happening.

'Extreme squalor'

"We were so close, we were like sisters. We would finish each other's sentences off."

Her barrister Andrew Stubbs QC asked if she ever meant to hurt her mother.

She replied: "Absolutely not."

It is alleged Ms Pearson, a prosecution team officer with West Yorkshire Police, failed to provide adequate food, nourishment and care to her mother and failed to summon timely medical help.

She took her dead mother to the hospital's A&E department shortly after 22:30 BST on 10 May last year.

Police were alerted after Mrs Pearson's death and visited her home, where her daughter was also living, and found it was in "extreme squalor" and "uninhabitable".

West Yorkshire Police has suspended Ms Pearson from work.

The trial continues.

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