A medical examination is being carried out to determine how a pensioner died.
Marie Hothersall passed away in Royal Preston Hospital two months after her daughter Ann Patricia Lupton was charged by police of attempting to murder her.
Lupton, 53, appeared by videolink at Preston Crown Court to answer charges of attempted murder relating to her mother Marie Hothersall. However Francis McEntee, prosecuting, said Lupton, of Cedar Lane, Alsager, Cheshire, would not be able to enter her plea as investigations are now under way following grandmother Mrs Hothersall’s death.
Police were called to an incident at her home in Hoyles Lane, Cottam in July after which Lupton was charged.
Mrs Hothersall, 83, died in Royal Preston Hospital on September 19 but yesterday a court heard a post-mortem examination has been ordered to establish the cause of death and identify whether strangulation was a contributing factor.
Mrs Hothersall’s funeral was held last Thursday at St Andrew’s RC Church in Cottam. Throughout the brief hearing, Lupton shook and wept, dabbing at her face with a tissue.
Recorder of Preston Judge Anthony Russell QC told her: “I am now going to adjourn this hearing. We can’t go any further today.There will be another hearing on November 22 and we will take the matter from there.”
Lupton has been remanded in custody until her next court appearance.