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Blackpool man sentenced for killing grandmother during 'psychotic episode'

A man has been sentenced for killing his grandmother following a violent assault in Blackpool.

Conor Clarkson admitted the manslaughter of Marlene McCabe, 71, following an incident at an address on West Park Drive last September. 

Preston Crown Court heard Clarkson was suffering from a psychotic disorder at the time of the incident and had diminished responsibility.

The 26 year old, also of West Park Drive, has been given an indefinite hospital order.

Police had been called around 6pm on September 4 to an address on West Park Drive.

Emergency services attended with the body of a woman found inside the property. The woman, later named as Mrs McCabe, had suffered a number of serious head and facial injuries and was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Clarkson was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder.

Following investigation detectives found Mrs McCabe had been attacked with a rope door stop. A Home Office post mortem examination gave her cause of death as head injuries.

Clarkson was later charged with murder but following a number of assessments, it was agreed he had been suffering with mental health-related illnesses at the time of the offence and had diminished responsibility.

The 26-year-old pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to an indefinite hospital order.

Temp Det Chief Insp Zoe Russo, of Lancashire Police, said: “While we may never know the full circumstances leading to Marlene McCabe’s death, Conor Clarkson’s actions were violent and incomprehensible.

“It has been accepted that Conor Clarkson was suffering from a psychotic disorder at the time of the incident and had diminished responsibility.

“I'd like to pay tribute to the dignified way in which Mrs McCabe’s family have acted throughout the investigation and subsequent court hearings.

“No family should have to go through such an ordeal and my thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.”

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