Vittoria Baker death: Daughter admits stabbing

Policewoman at scene
Image caption Vittoria Baker was found at a flat in Oxford

A woman has admitted stabbing her mother to death after being discharged from a secure mental health unit.

Kauthar Silvera, 30, who has paranoid schizophrenia, killed Vittoria Baker at a flat in Oxford and remained there with the body for three days.

Appearing at Oxford Crown Court, she pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Judge Patrick Eccles QC sentenced her to be detained in a psychiatric unit indefinitely.

He told the court it was a tragedy that Silvera had been allowed to remain with her mother when they were both unwell and that the danger had not been realised.

Volatile relationship

The body of Mrs Baker, 52, was found in Friars Wharf in the city centre by police on 16 August.

The court heard that Silvera and her mother, who she was living with, both had serious mental illnesses and endured a volatile and difficult relationship.

Mrs Baker had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act several times before Silvera was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was herself detained at Littlemore Hospital.

She was discharged after several weeks and refused requests to remain at the hospital voluntarily, choosing instead to return to her mother, who she stabbed days later.

Silvera's grandmother raised the alarm and it was then police discovered Mrs Baker's body at the flat.

'Let down'

Silvera's barrister criticised the healthcare she and her mother received and said Littlemore Hospital knew she was a danger to herself and to her mother.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust said in a statement: "This tragic event was not predictable.

"There were recommendations about how we could further improve our processes and we are implementing these."

After the hearing, Silvera's brother released a statement on behalf of the family, which read: "Today my sister was not convicted of murder, which is the outcome that myself and my family wanted.

"I would like to focus on the fact that my mother and sister were let down by social services and a mental health trust.

"Now my sister is receiving the correct treatment which she did not receive leading up to this tragic event."

The statement added: "We do not hold Kauthar responsible for her action, which resulted in the judge's verdict of manslaughter."

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