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Aylesbury stabbings: 'Paranoid' man jailed for killing mother

Lorna Myers Image copyright Family of Lorna Myers
Image caption Lorna Myers, 54, was killed by her son Malo

A man who killed his mother after becoming paranoid has been jailed for more than nine years.

Malo Myers, 32, stabbed Lorna Myers, 54, during a "psychotic episode" possibly due to substance misuse.

Myers, of Wycliffe End, Aylesbury, denied murder, but admitted manslaughter by diminished responsibility at Reading Crown Court.

He also admitted a charge of wounding with intent, with respect to a second victim.

Myers was jailed for nine years and four months.

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Image caption Malo Myers had been displaying signs of paranoia in the weeks before the attacks

Prosecutor Michael Roques told the court Myers had been displaying signs of paranoia in the weeks before the attacks and believed his mother had been putting medication in his food.

But he denied planning to stab her.

Judge Heather Norton said one of the psychiatrists who assessed Myers, Dr Tim McInerny, said the attacker had suffered a "transient psychotic episode" which was now "substantially resolved".

He said it had followed "possible illicit substance misuse" and the court heard that Myers had "smoked cannabis on the day of the alleged offence".

Judge Norton said the attacks were "two deeply tragic offences".

Myers thought his home was bugged and that he was being watched, the court heard.

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Image caption Floral tributes were left outside the house

Mr Roques said Myers had a disagreement with his mother on 7 July 2018 and attacked her in her home after taking two kitchen knives from her kitchen drawer.

He stabbed her twice in the chest before fleeing the scene, the court was told.

A post-mortem examination established the cause of Mrs Myers' death as a stab wound to the chest.

The court also heard he had six previous convictions including battery of a former partner.

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