Glasgow & West Scotland

Daughter jailed for killing mother during row over cat

A woman who admitted killing her mother by strangling her during a row over the family cat has been jailed for three years and three months.

Julie Martin, 32, from Paisley, attacked 57-year-old Greta Dewer at her flat in Erskine, Renfrewshire, last October.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how Martin then phoned her partner and told him: "I've done my mum in."

She was initially charged with murder but pled guilty to culpable homicide.

The court was told that Martin and her mother had a volatile relationship.

The attack happened when Martin, who had been staying with Mrs Dewer for a few days, argued with her mother over the family cat.

Body discovered

The 32-year-old hit her mother on the head and body and grabbed her neck and compressed it.

Following the attack, Martin phoned her partner Andrew Ewing and told him: "I've done my mum in. I think I've killed her. I've got my hands around her neck. I think I've strangled her."

When Mr Ewing picked her up from her mother's, she told him: "I wanted to leave the house and my mum flew at me. I was backing away and I just lost it."

Mrs Dewer's body was not discovered until two days later when Mr Ewing, who had been unable to contact her by phone, insisted that they visited her to make sure she was alright.

When he looked through the letterbox he saw Mrs Dewer lying at the front door and called the police.

'Significant compression'

The court was told that Mrs Dewer had an undiagnosed chronic heart condition which could have killed her at any time.

Judge Lord Bannatyne told Martin that prison was the only possible sentence.

"I have to have regard that your mum died as a result of your actions," he said.

"She had injuries which were indicative of significant compression of the neck. This was not a case where death was absolutely unforeseen."

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