An alcoholic who killed her dementia sufferer mother in a drink-fuelled assault will serve just two months in jail after being forgiven by her family.
Marie Hothersall, 83, passed away in hospital two months after her daughter Ann Lupton attacked her in her home in Cottam, Preston, on the evening of July 23 last year.
Lupton, 54, who previously admitted drinking a bottle of wine or half a bottle of spirits every day for almost 12 years, inflicted a catalogue of injuries on her mother “consistent with forceful slapping, punching, kicking or stamping”.
Lupton was jailed for 16 months yesterday after admitting manslaughter, but is likely to serve just two months, after time spent on remand is deducted.
Lupton’s father Bernard, 85, told the court Marie’s death may have been a “blessing” before the judge passed his sentence.
In a statement read to Liverpool Crown Court, Mr Hothersall said: “I really miss Marie very much, however I can see it as a blessing as she had been struggling and unhappy with dementia for a long time.
“Now I know that Marie is at peace.”
Judge Alistair Macduff said Lupton had enjoyed a “good and loving relationship” with her mother over the years and that she deserved to be shown mercy.
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