Dover man Gary Sturt sent to Broadmoor for killing mother

Gary Sturt
Image caption Gary Sturt will be treated indefinitely at Broadmoor Hospital

A 31-year-old man who killed his mother and hid her body in a garden shed has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.

Gary Sturt, of Clarendon Street, Dover, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Annette Sturt, 49, on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Her body was found by police at her home in Prescott Close, Duston. She had been bludgeoned and strangled.

Sturt was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court.

Kent Police said officers were contacted on 20 May by someone known to Sturt saying he had killed his mother.

Blood on walls

Image caption Annette Sturt's body was found hidden under a duvet in her shed

When they visited Ms Sturt's home they found the front door unlocked and blood on the floors and walls.

Sturt returned to the house while police were carrying out the search. Using his keys they unlocked the shed and found his mother's body hidden under a duvet.

Det Insp Chris Carter from the Kent and Essex serious crime directorate said: "Annette's family, who attended court throughout, have been left without a wife, sister, daughter, aunt and niece.

"It is an extremely sad case. It is only right that Sturt is now treated at a secure unit at Broadmoor Hospital indefinitely.

"He can only be released by order of the home secretary."

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