Son convicted of mother's murder

A carpet fitter from Clacton who smothered his frail mother to death after she threatened to write him out of her will has been found guilty of murder.

Grandmother Carol Cooper, 66, was discovered by police lying in bed with a pillow over her face in her flat in St Vincent Road, Clacton, in November.

Her son, Peter Dickson, 37, who lived with her, was found kneeling alongside her lifeless body, Chelmsford Crown Court heard.

Dickson had already admitted manslaughter but denied murder saying he had not intended to kill her. He was convicted by a jury after a 12-day trial.

He did not give evidence during the trial but the court heard from a psychiatrist that he may have a personality disorder.