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Man jailed for killing his elderly mother in their own Barley Croft home

November 17, 2014, 5:46 pm

A man who killed his elderly mother in their own home has been jailed.

Paul Fox, from Alsager, was sentenced to a minimum of 16 years and 9 months behind bars when he appeared at Chester Crown Court on Monday 17 November.

The 54-year-old pleaded guilty to the murder of Yvonne Fox at their home in Barley Croft on 2 June 2014.

Friends of the family had found Yvonne, aged 83, in the kitchen of the property on the afternoon of Tuesday 3 June.

They had turned up at the address after becoming concerned when they could not make contact with Yvonne.

They could see her through the window lifeless on the floor in the kitchen and alerted the emergency services.

Police and paramedics swiftly arrived at the scene and gained access to the property to find Yvonne lying in a pool of blood.

A post mortem examination revealed that she had suffered multiple injuries – consisting of numerous stab wounds to the body and also a number of wounds to her head – believed to have been caused by a sledgehammer.

The weapons used in the attack were found within the property and these were seized and taken away for forensic examination.

Paul Fox was found upstairs in the property at the time – he had tried to harm himself and was in need of medical assistance.

An investigation was launched by officers from Cheshire Police′s Major Investigation Team.

Paul Fox was arrested at the scene and attended hospital for treatment before having a mental health assessment to establish whether he could be interviewed.

After being deemed fit he was interviewed by detectives on 4 and 5 June – and was subsequently charged with the murder of his mother and was remanded into custody.

During interview he admitted killing his mother – due to the shame of his alcoholism and recent arrest just days before for drink driving.

He claimed that he intended to take his own life and that of his mothers – as she would not be able to live without him.

DI Simon Blackwell, who led the investigation, said: “Paul Fox′s actions were despicable. He killed his elderly mother in the home they had shared for many years. The injuries sustained by Yvonne were severe and showed that she had tried to fight off her son as he launched his brutal attack.

“Alcohol was clearly a catalyst for his behaviour that day – he had battled with alcohol problems for many years and had refused any sort of help from family, friends or support services.

“After being arrested for drink driving he decided that he could not handle the shame and decided to take his own life and that of his mother.

“He consumed alcohol before he killed her and left the property and bought further alcohol after he attacked her – showing the real depths of his addiction.”

He added: “The pair had lived in the family home together for many years and Yvonne was a much loved and well respected member of the local community.

“What happened that day was truly shocking and those living in this close knit community are still trying to come to terms with what happened. Paul Fox′s actions have had far reaching consequence for everyone involved – including him.

“Violent crime of any kind is unacceptable but when it is further compounded by circumstances such as these it is even more shocking.

“He is now behind bars for a long time where I hope he will be able to reflect upon his actions and the consequences of them.”

Following the hearing Yvonne′s family issued a statement:

They said: “We cannot believe that Yvonne has been taken from us in such a cruel way. It is difficult to come to terms with what happened but, as a family, we hope that the conclusion of the case at court today will allow us some closure as we try to move on with our lives.”

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