A son who threw his terminally ill mother from a care home balcony has been given a suspended jail sentence.
Robert Knight pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of June Knight at Langley Lodge Care Home in Westcliff, Essex on December 10 2018, (see BREAKING NEWS: Relative charged with murder of care home resident).
Mr Knight was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years.
The trial heard how Mrs Knight, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, suffered “catastrophic” brain injuries, after her son carried her through a fire door and threw her from a first floor balcony, the BBC reported.
The trial was told that following the incident, Mr Knight had told staff at the home: “Call the police, I’ve just killed my mother.”
Judge Samantha Leigh said Mr Knight had acted “out of love and desperation”, describing the incident as a “mercy killing”.
The judge told Mr Knight that he had been punished enough and would have to live with what he had done.
Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Stoten added: “I do not doubt that Robert Knight loved his mother deeply, but his actions were deplorable and they have affected many, many people.”
Mr Knight, who has been in custody for nine months, was also sentenced to 60 days of rehabilitation.