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Murder trial told that Lincolnshire man climbed onto roof and rang 999 after stabbing his elderly mother to death

A Lincolnshire man climbed onto the roof of his village home and rang 999 after stabbing his elderly mother to death, a court was told.

Shaun Emmerson, 51, was charged with the murder of Christine Emmerson, 71, after she was found dead at her home in Kirk Close, West Ashby, near Horncastle on Thursday, August 3.

A judge later ruled Mr Emmerson of, Kirk Close, West Ashby, was not fit to enter a plea or stand trial because he is suffering from a mental disability.

Christine Emmerson
Christine Emmerson

Jurors at Lincoln Crown Court will have to decide if Mr Emmerson, who is not present in court, carried out the act of killing his mother.

Christopher Donnellan KC, prosecuting, said on August 3 2023 at about 12.31pm Mr Emmerson made a 999 call from his mobile phone to the police.

During that call one of the details Mr Emmerson gave was that he had "violently attacked" his mother who he named as Christine Emmerson, Mr Donnellan told jurors.

Lincoln Crown Court
Lincoln Crown Court

Mr Emmerson also said that "he'd done it with a knife, and he'd done it at his home," Mr Donnellan added.

Jurors heard Mr Emmerson also made a number of comments including that "she did not seem ok," and "he thought she was dead."

Mr Emmerson also asked for police to send someone with a gun to put him out of his misery, and confirmed he no longer had the knife.

Mr Donnellan alleged: "What he said in that 999 call is reliable, and is a reliable account of what happened."

A neighbour who was cutting a hedge became aware of Mr Emmerson on the roof of the conservatory, jurors heard.

Mr Donnellan said at that time Mr Emmerson was making the 19 minute call to the police.

At 12.45pm a police officer arrived at the scene and Mr Emmerson appeared to want him to shoot him, the court was told.

The officer climbed on to the roof and handcuffed Mr Emmerson to stop him jumping off.

Mr Emmerson was arrested for murder and blood could be seen on his clothing.

Entry to the house was forced and Christine Emmerson's "lifeless body" was found in a pool of blood in the living room, Mr Donnellan told jurors.

A bloodied pink knife which was missing from a kitchen block was also found in an upstairs bedroom.

Mrs Emmerson's blood was also found on her son's clothing, Mr Donnellan explained.

A postmortem confirmed Mrs Emmerson had suffered 26 sharp force injuries to her head and neck, and a further nine sharp force injuries to her torso.

Mrs Emmerson had also suffered an injury to a middle finger which may have been consistent with defending herself, Mr Donnellan added.

"The fatal wounds were the wounds to the jugular vein," Mr Donnellan explained.

A trial of the facts is where the prosecution sets out the case in front of a jury but the defendant does not have to play a part in proceeds.

Jurors heard that Mr Emmerson, who has two brothers, lived at home with his elderly parents at number three Kirk Close.

Mr Donnellan said Mr Emmerson largely "kept himself to himself," but enjoyed a good relationship with his mother and helped her with the weekly online shopping order.

He also enjoyed playing online poker, and had previously helped with the accounts of the family logging business, but was "wary" of other adults outside his family.

Mr Donnellan argued it was reasonable to conclude that a blood stained Mr Emmerson climbed onto the roof after stabbing his mother, and that despite his delusions, gave a reliable account in his phone call to the police.

The trial continues.

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