Wales

Yvonne Freaney sentencing for killing of son adjourned

  • 10 June 2011
  • From the section Wales
Yvonne Freaney
Yvonne Freaney had admitted manslaughter but denied murder

The sentencing of a mother who killed her severely autistic 11-year-old son has been adjourned.

Yvonne Freaney, 49, of Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, was convicted last month of the manslaughter of her son Glen at a hotel near Cardiff Airport in May 2010.

She denied murder but admitted his manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The hearing at Cardiff Crown Court was adjourned to consider further reports. Freaney was remanded in custody.

John Charles Rees, defending, said she had now served the equivalent of two-and-a-half years in custody. She is due to be sentenced before July 15.

When she was convicted in May, the jury decided she was suffering under extreme mental stress at the time she strangled her son with a coat belt.

'Sad, defeated woman'

She told police she killed Glen so "no one could point fingers at him", and wanted to end her own life too.

The court heard she was discovered in the Sky Plaza hotel room at Rhoose, Vale of Glamorgan with multiple knife wounds, but still alive.

Prosecutors argued that she was a "sad, defeated woman" but was acting sanely at the time.

Mr Rees said: "It was unlawful but she did not kill Glen out of anger."

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