Hospital order for Littleborough man who killed his mother

Matthew Brierley admitted stabbing his mother to death after a row over ornaments at her home near Rochdale.

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Hospital order for Littleborough man who knifed his mother to death

A man who killed his mother just days after moving back in with her has been given a hospital order.

Matthew Brierley, 45, of Calf Hey, Littleborough, was sentenced today after he pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Shortly before midnight on Saturday 14 December 2013, Brierley called police from a public telephone, telling the call handler to get a police car to the address as he had “just murdered somebody”.

Officers attended and discovered the body of his mother, 64 year old Glennis Brierley - a local artist and trained counsellor and psychotherapist.

She had been stabbed in the throat and chest.

Glennis Brierley. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Matthew was arrested in the town centre the following morning near to Rochdale Town Hall. It was established he had moved back into his mother’s home just two days before he killed her.

During his interview he told police that he confronted his mother over a missing lamp that he had been storing at her house and had attacked her after she had said she thought he was "delusional".

"Glennis was a very popular and respected member of her local community and her death continues to be keenly felt, not just by her family and friends but also the people of Littleborough.

"For her to have been killed in her own home by her own son was as needless as it was absolutely tragic."

– Senior Investigating Officer, Duncan Thorpe, Greater Manchester Police

Sentence due for man who killed his mother

A man is due to be sentenced later for stabbing his mother to death at her home in Littleborough near Rochdale. Glennis Brierley was found with multiple stab wounds in December 2013. Her son Matthew Brierley has paranoid schizophrenia and wrongly believed his mother was part of a satanic paedophile cult. Sentencing will take place at Manchester crown court.

Glennis Brierley son wrongly believed she was part of a satanic paedophile cult Credit: Greater Manchester Police

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