Man sentenced after landlady lay dead in home for days

Anna Maria Thomas died in December 2013 Credit: Met Police

A 34-year-old man has been indefinitely committed to a secure mental facility after causing the death of his landlady.

Felix Gutierrez-Cortez was found guilty of manslaughter by diminished responsibly at an earlier hearing.

The court heard that Gutierrez-Cortez dialed 999 and asked for an ambulance attend his home in Windlesham Grove, Southfields on December 10 2013.

Paramedics found the lifeless body of his 61-year-old landlady Anna Maria Thomas on the bedroom floor.

She was covered by a duvet and a pillow had been placed under her head.

During the trial at the Old Bailey, the court heard Gutierrez-Cortez give conflicting accounts of the evening Ms Thomas died.

He first said that he had found her dead when he came home and had covered her in a quilt.

He later claimed that she regularly became unconscious during meditation and that he had stayed in the lounge for two days while she meditated in the spare bedroom.

But police say a post-mortem found that Ms Thomas died "of strangulation or rupture of the windpipe".

It also found she had been dead for "some days" before Gutierrez-Cortez called 999.

Gutierrez-Cortez, 34, of Chilworth Court, Windlesham Grove, was sentenced under Section 37 Mental Health Act, receiving an indeterminate sentence in a secure facility under Section 41 of the Mental Health Act.