Son carried mum to balcony, put her on railing and pushed her to her death

A man who denies murder pointed at a fire escape and told police ‘I have just killed her, my mother, I threw her off there,’ a court has heard.

Robert Knight, 52, is on trial for murdering his mum June, 79, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, at Langley Lodge in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, last December.

He visited her on the morning of her death before returning at around 9.45pm as he struggled to cope with seeing her suffer.”CCTV captures him leaving her room, carrying his mother through a fire escape out onto the balcony.

Prosecutor Matthew Jewell said: ‘The footage sees him putting Mrs Knight onto the railing, and then pushing her off. He watched her fall down to her death. ‘He then came back into the home, and at around 10pm presents himself to a member of staff.

‘He later told police officers “I have just killed her, my mother, I threw her off there’ while pointing towards the fire escape.’

Mrs Knight had suffered from Alzheimer’s for a long time and by last December was in the final stages of her life. She suffered a traumatic brain injury following the 13-ft fall and died shortly after and her son was arrested at the scene.

Knight admitted killing his mother but denied murdering her, claiming he lost control of himself at the time.

Prosecutors allege that he was in control and that he ‘acted deliberately and callously’ to take his mother’s life.

Mr Jewell added: ‘In reaction to this case you may have feelings for her, and feelings for the way she was killed. ‘It’s essential that when you consider the evidence you put emotional reaction to one side. Emotions play no part in the function of a jury. ‘Approach this case calmly, coolly and dispassionately to reach your verdict.’

The trial continues.


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