Life for woman who murdered sick mother

A woman from Plymouth who smothered her sick mother with a pillow has been jailed for life. Angela Douglas will serve a minimum of 12 years in prison.

Apology

On last night's ITV News West Country, while reporting the conviction of Angela Douglas from Plymouth for murdering her mother at an address in the city, we incorrectly showed a nearby property that had nothing to do with the case.

We'd like to apologise to the occupant for any distress caused by the mistake.

Plymouth woman jailed for life for murdering mother

Angela Douglas Credit: ITV News West Country

A woman from Plymouth who smothered her sick mother with a pillow has been jailed for life. Angela Douglas will serve a minimum of 12 years in prison.

The 49-year-old from Ernesettle had admitted the killing but denied charges of murder. She claimed she didn't want to see her mother suffer but the jury at Plymouth Crown Court yesterday found her guilty of murder.

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Police say Ann Mathews murder "not a mercy killing"

Devon & Cornwall Police have released a statement after a woman from Plymouth was found guilty of murder after smothering her mother with a pillow.

The police recognise that the trial against Angela Douglas of unlawfully killing her mother Ann Mathews, has been a very difficult and highly emotive time for the family.

The Major Crime Investigation Team tried to be as sensitive as possible whilst conducting the necessary enquiries so that justice could be done and I would like to pass on my thanks to the detectives involved for the sensitive way they approached this. In our view this was not a case of “mercy killing”.

Mrs Mathews was in poor health but she was not terminally ill and Angela Douglas was not her main carer. Angela Douglas admitted the killing. It was a matter for the jury to decide whether Ms Douglas was guilty of murder, or guilty of manslaughter due to diminished responsibility.

The jury heard expert evidence on this matter before reaching their decision. They have decided she was guilty of murder. Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time and have indicated they wish to be left alone.

– DI Costa Nassaris, Devon & Cornwall Police

Guilty verdict for woman who killed her aged mother

A woman who smothered her sick mother with a pillow has been found guilty of murder by a jury at Plymouth Crown Court.

49-year-old Angela Douglas from Ernesettle in Plymouth said she killed the frail housebound pensioner because she did not want to see her suffer any more.

The mother-of-two has admitted causing the death of 73-year-old Ann Matthews as she lay in bed in April last year but denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The jury had been reduced to 11 after one woman was removed for failing to pay attention to all of the evidence.