A man smothered his mother to death after he claimed she repeatedly told him to kill her, a court heard today.
Robert Archbold, 49, said he got into a row with retired vet Jane Archbold, 77, at their home in Ambleside, Cumbria, and put his hand over her mouth "to shut her up".
He then dragged her body to her bedroom "to make it look like she got herself to bed and pegged it", a jury at Preston Crown Court was told.
Archbold, known to family and friends as Adam, admits unlawful killing but denies murder.
However, the Crown say Mrs Archbold died from a combination of smothering and strangulation, and that the attack took place in the bedroom.
Mark Kellet, prosecuting, said Archbold had been an alcoholic for some years and lived next to his mother at Old Farm Cottage, in Outgate, in a caravan in an adjacent barn.
His excessive daily drinking led to his mother to arrange a hospital appointment to help address his problem and he was due to attend a first therapy session on 22nd August last year.
On the day before he started drinking heavily again and later in the afternoon went off for a bike ride, the prosecutor said.
He returned hours later covered in cuts and marks to his forehead and arms after he had apparently fallen off the bike.
His girlfriend, Emma Wright, said Archbold went to use the toilet at his mother's home at about 9pm and returned some 40 minutes later to tell her his mother was asleep.
Miss Wright went to the house herself and found Mrs Archbold lying on the bed with bruises to the face and head, and her naked body partially covered by a blanket.
Police and paramedics were called to the property but Mrs Archbold was pronounced dead at the scene.
Archbold was arrested in nearby woodland about three hours after the killing.
The family of Deividas Sereika, who died after falling from a hospital window, have paid tribute to a "much loved son."
The 40-year-old died on Wednesday night (8th May) after falling from a second floor window of the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.
Mr Sereika's mother, Irena Svetikiene, said:
“Deividas was my only son who was devoted and much loved. He was a kind and gentle man. He will be sorely missed by all his family and friends.”
Police are continuing with their investigations into the death of a patient who fell from a second floor window at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.
40-year-old Deividas Sereika, from Edinburgh Road in Maryport, died on Wednesday night (8th May).
The Health and Safety Executive are working with the police to establish the circumstances surrounding the death.
Tributes have been paid to a man who died after being shot in the leg on a Borders Farm. Adam Hepburn from Hawick died from his injuries in the early hours of yesterday, May 8.
Adam loved playing rugby and taking part in the local common riding festivals.
He was a former pupil of Hawick High School. Alan Williamson, Rector at the school, has paid tribute to him.
Watch Jenny Longden's report here:
Police have confirmed that the man who died after falling from a hospital window, is Deividas Sereika from Edinburgh Road in Maryport.
The 40-year-old, who was a patient at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, fell from the second floor window at 7.30pm last night (8th May).
Mr Sereika's family have been informed and the police are investigating the circumstances with the Health and Safety Executive.
It has been confirmed that the 40-year-old man who died at West Cumberland Hospital was a patient.
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust have released this statement:
"This is a very tragic case and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family.
"This case is now subject to a police investigation, because of this we cannot comment any further."
Cumbria Police are investigating after a man died having apparently jumped from a window at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.
The forty-year old has not been formally identified. The incident happened on Wednesday May 8th when it is reported he lept from the second floor.
The Health and Safety Executive has been informed and will be making a joint enquiry with the Police.
A man has died, with a gunshot wound to his leg, on the outskirts of Hawick in the Scottish Borders.
Police say his death is not being treated as suspicious. Hannah McNulty reports.
A 22-year-old man who died after suffering a shotgun wound to his leg has been named locally as Adam Hepburn.
Emergency services were called to a rural location near Hawick, in the Scottish Borders last night (7th May) at 11.45pm.
Mr Hepburn was taken to Borders General Hospital in Melrose, but died early this morning.
A 22-year-old man has died following a gunshot wound he sustained near Hawick, in the Scottish Borders, last night (7th May).
"The incident happened around 11.45pm last night ( 7th May), in a rural location on the outskirts of Hawick.
"He was taken to the Borders General Hospital, however passed away in the early hours of this morning. Enquiries are currently at an early stage."