Son Pleads Guilty To Killing His Mother

2 October 2018, 14:41 | Updated: 2 October 2018, 14:47

van taking suspect to court

51 year old Fiona Fisher, a former manager for L'Occitane shop in Tunbridge Wells was found dead at her home in Lordswell Lane, Crowborough, East Sussex, when police were called to check on her welfare.

22 year old Thomas Fisher pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday after his mother was found dead at their East Sussex home in April.

He also admitted fraud after using a Marks & Spencer Mastercard in his mother's name and driving while disqualified.

Fisher, who wore a grey sweatshirt and had a spikey haircut with copper-blond highlights, remained emotionless throughout the short hearing.

He appeared in the dock flanked by a custody officer and three psychiatric nurses as relatives sat behind him in the public gallery.

In a quiet, barely audible voice, he spoke only to confirm his name and enter the pleas.

Matthew Jewell QC, prosecuting, said: "This matter was due to be tried this week but a resolution has been reached."

He said this had been the "subject of consideration" but after consultation with counsel and the family it was decided the plea was "acceptable to the prosecution".

Judge Christine Laing QC adjourned the proceedings for psychiatric reports to be prepared.

Fisher was remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on November 1.

At the time of her death, Mrs Fisher's family described her as "irreplaceable".

A statement released on their behalf by police said: "Fiona will be sadly missed by her daughter Megan, her mother Dorothy and stepfather Les, as well as her father. There are no words to explain the love those around her felt for her, she is irreplaceable."

L'Occitane said the company was "deeply saddened" by the loss of a friend and former co-worker.