Manchester

Man who killed psychotherapist mother gets hospital order

Glennis Brierley
Glennis Brierley was stabbed in the neck and chest with a kitchen knife

A man who admitted killing his psychotherapist mother in Greater Manchester has been detained.

Matthew Brierley, 45, who has paranoid schizophrenia, admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility.

Glennis Brierley, 64, was stabbed in the neck and chest in a row over a missing lamp. She was found dead at her home in Calf Hey, Littleborough, with a kitchen knife by her side in December.

At Manchester Crown Court, Brierley was detained under a hospital order.

'Largely blameless'

The court was told he suffered from delusions, including one about a satanic paedophile conspiracy.

Police said during his interview, Brierley said he confronted his mother over the missing lamp and attacked her after she said she thought he was delusional.

During his trial, a forensic psychologist told the court Brierley had paranoid schizophrenia and was "largely blameless for his actions because of his disease".

Brierley admitted manslaughter on Tuesday and was sentenced earlier.

Senior investigating officer Duncan Thorpe said Ms Brierley had been a "very popular and respected member of her local community".

"Her death continues to be keenly felt, not just by her family and friends, but also the people of Littleborough," he said.

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