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Man admits killing his mother after hearing voices

A man suffering from paranoid schizophrenia has admitted stabbing his mother to death after hearing voices.

Simon Forgie killed 79-year-old Pernella Forgie at their home in Catford, south London, in February.

She was found with 50 stab wounds to her head and neck and 10 knife wounds to her chest.

Forgie, 42, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at the Old Bailey.

Hospital order

The court heard that Forgie knocked on neighbour Chris Miller's door on 6 February claiming he had been locked out, but the neighbour noticed blood on his tracksuit bottoms.

Mr Miller went next door to discover Mrs Forgie slumped on the floor. She was taken to Lewisham Hospital but later died.

In a police interview, Forgie said he believed Mrs Forgie was not his mother and that his family were "evil and from the other side".

The court heard that Forgie claimed a voice had told him to kill his mother "to see if she would come back from the dead and confirm his suspicions about her".

Judge Kramer QC imposed a hospital order and a restriction order for the public's protection.

Psychiatrist Dr Ian Cummings told the Old Bailey that Forgie still believed Mrs Forgie was not his mother and was receiving treatment.

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