Daughter guilty of knifing mum to death then dumping dismembered body in river

Daughter guilty of knifing mum to death then dumping dismembered body in river

A DAUGHTER was today found guilty of stabbing her mum to death before dumping her dismembered body by a river.

Lucy Fox, 39, killed retired nurse Judy Fox, 65, in the kitchen of her Georgian home in Shifnal, Shrops, during a frenzied attack on June 12 last year.

A jury at Stafford Crown Court today found that she killed her mum and also committed arson with intent to endanger life.

Judge Kristina Montgomery QC handed Fox a hospital order in relation to both offences, and thanked the jury for their work on the "harrowing" case.

She added that she would spend a "considerable" amount of her life in hospital after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

On the first day of her trial the court heard that Fox was "unfit" to be participate in the trial, going ahead in her absence.

Fox was charged with murder and committing arson with intent, but did not enter pleas to either of the charges.

The jury was not asked to ascertain guilt, but establish whether Fox carried out the killing and started the fire.

Stafford Crown Court previously heard that Fox brutally stabbed her own mum to death after discovering that the family home would be sold.

Fox chopped up her mum's corpse and disposed of the body parts in bin liners, dismembering the body before dumping the remains in woodland close to the River Severn and Ironbridge Gorge in Coalport, Shrops.

She then used her mum's bank card in Asda to buy a ready meal, whisky, and bin liners - which she later used to dispose of her mother's body parts.

Police officers discovered Mrs Fox's severed head in a plastic bag four weeks later on July 10, before finding other body parts scattered around the area in several bin liners.

Prosecutor Kevin Hegarty QC told the court previously that Fox bought two knives from Dunelm before driving to her mother’s home.

He added: "She told the police on the doorstep she had killed her mother and she told police she had tried to kill her brother and there is evidence that she set fire to a door mat in the early hours of Sunday."

Officers were called to Mrs Fox’s home after a fire broke out, and found that the kitchen was covered in blood which was splattered over the ceiling and walls.

Police then launched an urgent search for Mrs Fox, and discovered a lump hammer, saw and axe near to her home.

Two knives were also recovered nearby, with a 10cm blade and the second with a 15cm blade.

Almost a month later detectives found the grandmothers severed head in a bag hidden in the undergrowth near to the River Severn.

After the area "was subject to very careful search", other parts of her dismembered body were found, including her legs.

These were examined by a forensic pathologist, who "found the presence of stab wounds", the court heard.

Fox was also restriction order, which means she will not be released until an independent mental health tribunal is satisfied she no longer poses a risk to the public.

Her remains were found near Ironbridge Gorge in Coalport, Shrops.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Bellamy of West Mercia Police said: “This was a tragic and senseless killing that has left a family absolutely devastated by the loss of their mother, sister and grandmother in truly horrific circumstances and my thoughts remain with them at this incredibly difficult time.

“This was a challenging and complex investigation and I’d like to thank the investigation team for their hard work and commitment that has meant the Jury has reached the verdict it has today.”