Grays woman cleared of mother’s murder after admitting manslaughter due to diminished responsibility

A woman from Grays has been convicted of killing her mother.

Eighty-nine year-old Winifred Grover was found unresponsive on June 21 last year at the home in Lenmore Avenue, Grays, that she shared with her daughter, Cheryl Banks, and Banks’ family.

Winifred had onset dementia and Alzheimers and Banks had been her primary carer.

Winifred had lived with Banks and her family for three years.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Prior to officers arriving at the address, Banks, 60, had disclosed to members of her family that she had killed Winifred.

A forensic post-mortem identified the most likely cause of death was that Winifred had been smothered.

In a prepared statement to officers, Banks stated that she had experienced mental health problems for some time and that she loved her mother very much.

She was later charged with Winifred’s murder.

Following a trial at Basildon Crown Court she was today (Tuesday March 1) found not guilty of murder.

However, she had already submitted a plea of guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility so has been convicted of that offence.

She is due to be sentenced on April 1.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Kevin Hughes, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “This is a truly tragic case.

“Winifred Grover was an elderly woman in need of constant care.

“I want to extend my condolences, and those of my team, to her family.”

Mick Ferris

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