Cumbria

Jane Archbold death: Son jailed for 13 years for manslaughter

  • 22 May 2013
  • From the section Cumbria
Robert Archbold
Image caption Archbold admitted to officers that he had killed his mother

A Cumbrian man who smothered his mother to death and then claimed she told him to kill her has been jailed.

Jane Archbold, 77, was killed when her son put his hand over her mouth to "shut her up" after an argument at her home in Ambleside on 21 August.

At an earlier hearing, Robert Archbold, 49, of Hawkshead, admitted unlawful killing but denied murder.

At Preston Crown Court he was found guilty of manslaughter and jailed for 13 years.

Archbold was arrested in nearby woodland about three hours after the killing and admitted to officers that he had killed his mother.

A post-mortem examination showed his mother had 15 abrasions to her head and face, which were consistent with being smothered.

Det Ch Insp Bob Qazi, from Cumbria Police, said: "Archbold admitted from the beginning that he had killed his mother.

"It appeared that he had a lot of personal issues... this has been a tragic case for all those involved and our thoughts are with the family of Mrs Archbold."

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