Wednesday, 28 Oct 2020

Man ‘stabbed his mum to death before writing his name in blood on high street’

A man allegedly stabbed his mum in the neck with a bread knife before writing his name in blood in a town centre high street, a court heard.

Jamie Burnett, 28, is accused of fatally knifing the widow, Lesley Spearing, in the kitchen at her home in Rainham, Kent on October 10 last year.

The court also heard he was wearing one shoe and had blood on his right hand and chest, when he went for a short walk along the High Street.

He stopped to smear words about his mum on a car showroom window and then wrote his name on the double yellow lines in the road outside, it's claimed.

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Burnett, of Old Road, Chatham, was arrested after the body of Ms Spearing, 55, was found at her home in Oast View Terrace in Rainham.

The hearing began yesterday at Maidstone Crown Court in front of Judge Charles Gratwicke, reports KentOnline.

Judge Gratwicke ruled the defendant was unable to plead and explained to the jury he was "not fit to stand trial in the normal way".

"You don't have to decide whether the defendant is guilty or not," he explained.

"What you have to decide is whether or not he did the act charged.

"In that respect the act is: did he kill Lesley Spearing? If you are sure whether he did this, your verdict will be he did the act charged. If you're not sure, your verdict will be not guilty."

Prosecutor Simon Taylor said Burnett suffered from shizoaffective disorder, and at the time he stabbed his mum, he suffered from "delusional beliefs".

The trial continues.

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