A judge has praised the “compassion” of the family of Ann Lupton as they revealed they forgave her for killing her own mother.
Marie Hothersall was found on the floor of her home in Hoyles Lane, Cottam, Preston, by a support worker with from two black eyes, a fractured hip, a large lump on her head, and swollen hands.
Her alcoholic daughter Lupton, 54, of Alsager, Cheshire, admitted manslaughter and was sentenced to 16 months at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday.
Sentencing her, Judge Alistair Macduff said: “Forgiveness and compassion are wonderful human qualities.
“I can tell you that I am going to pass a merciful sentence so that your release back into the community and into the care of your wonderful family will not be too far into the future.
“I am able to show you the mercy, some may say leniency, which I believe you deserve.
“Over the years you had a good and loving relationship with your mother.
“Unhappily, as you well know, there were two very sad features of your relationship in recent times.
“You had sunk into deep alcoholism and your mother, by now aged 83 years, developed severe dementia. This made her difficult and unreasonable.
“Your drink and her dementia coincided with tragic consequences on the night of July 23 last year.
“What is clear is that you inflicted a dreadful beating on your mother, as combination of two things – your alcoholic state and your mother’s behaviour which frustrated and provoked you into anger.
“Like your wider family, I have a great deal of sympathy for you. You will suffer a life sentence whatever I do today.
“I know that you will have to live with your dreadful actions for the rest of your life.
“To that extent, you are already being punished.”
Lupton’s family packed out the public gallery in the courtroom. In a statement read to the court, Marie’s husband Bernard Hothersall said: “ Despite what happened, I still love Ann very much.
“I know that Ann had been so kind and helpful to Marie and me over the years, always showing us so much love and care.
“I know that Ann has always loved Marie and that she always will. This is a very sad and confusing time and I know I love Ann. I miss her and I want her to come home.”
The court heard previously that Mrs Hothersall, a mother of six, told a support worker the morning after the attack that her daughter had lashed out
Two notebooks found at Lupton’s home helped give “some insight into her struggle with her own problems”.
An entry written on the night of the attack said: “I am so alone and so mad with my mum. I hate what she has become. My poor mum lying there on the floor.
“It is heartbreaking.”
Following the attack, Mrs Hothersall was taken to hospital in Preston where she had an operation to pin her hip, but she walked again. She died on September 19 from bronchopneumonia, developed as a result of her injuries.
Lupton wept as she was sentenced to 16 months in prison.
She was ordered to serve half before being released on licence, minus six months spent on remand.
Det Insp Kevin McLean said: “This was a tragic case for all concerned and left a family completely devastated.”