Katy Thorne KC secures a suspended sentence for a man who killed his mother

Katy Thorne KC represented a man charged with the murder of his mother and accused of serious long term abuse. The man had rung 999 to confess to smothering his mother and she was found to have a number of recent and old rib fractures as well as a fractured thyroid cartilage, indicating strangulation and possible “burking” as well as significant force being used on her for some weeks. Katy secured a number of defence medical experts who identified all the fractures as fragility fractures caused by osteoporosis and resulted in the allegation of long term abuse being withdrawn. The defence expert psychiatrist instructed identified significant mental health issues which resulted in the Prosecution accepting a plea to manslaughter. The man was sentenced to a suspended sentence by HHJ Durran at the Old Bailey on Thursday 28 March 2024.

Katy led Marie Spenwyn of Libertas Chambers and was instructed by Caroline Liggins of Hodge Jones and Allen Solicitors.