December 13 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 4, 2013
A 42-year-old man said his elderly mother was ‘evil’ and would ‘return from the dead’ after admitting stabbing her to death at the home they shared in south London.
Pernella Forgie, 79, was found with 50 knife wounds to the head and neck at the house in Glenfarg Road in Catford back in February this year.
A jury at the Old Bailey also heard she suffered 10 stabbings to the chest, which had pierced her heart, at the hands of her son, Simon Forgie.
Mrs Forgie was taken to Lewisham Hospital but died later the same day, with a post mortem confirming the cause of death was blood loss due to multiple stab wounds.
Simon Forgie pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility today, and Judge Kramer QC imposed a hospital order and restriction order for the public’s protection.
The court heard the defendant was a paranoid schizophrenic, who knocked on his neighbour’s front door at about 1.15pm on February 6 claiming he was locked out.
Prosecutor Benedict Fitzgerald said the neighbour became suspicious when he noticed spots of blood on Forgie’s tracksuit and went next door, where he saw Mrs Forgie slumped on the floor with a chair on top of her.
Forgie was arrested after telling officers at the scene ‘I went crazy’, and indicating with his hands something had happened in the house.
In a police interview, he said he believed his family were ‘evil and from the other side’, and claimed a voice instructed him to kill his mother ‘to see if she would come back from the dead and confirm his suspicions about her’, Mr Fitzgerald said.