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Life for the woman who brutally murdered `complaining' mother.

A WOMAN was jailed for life this afternoon after admitting murdering her elderly mother.

Mother-of-five Susan Cayton, 48, repeatedly stabbed 75-year-old Winifred Robinson, whose body was discovered when a fire started at her home.

Cayton today pleaded guilty at Liverpool crown court to murdering Mrs Robinson on September 18 last year. She said she could not cope with the stress of caring for her.

The moment of Mrs Robinson's death was recorded because Cayton accidentally activated an emergency Careline phone connection to social services during the attack.

Andrew Menary, QC, prosecuting revealed to the court: ``What can be heard on that call is truly shocking. Mrs Robinson is shouting, screaming, referring to somebody killing her.''

Mrs Robinson's body was found on September 22 after fire fighters were called to a blaze at her home in McMinnis Avenue,Parr,St Helens. He said it became clear to paramedics Mrs Robinson had been stabbed several times and had died before the fire was started.

Mr Menary said that four days before the blaze Cayton, who lived in Mount Pleasant Avenue, St Helens, visitedMrs Robinson.

Mr Menary told the court: ``No-one except the defendant and Mrs Robinson can say what happened that day.

``By 10.46 that morning Winifred Robinson was being viciously attacked while Susan Cayton was in the house.''

A post mortem concluded that Mrs Robinson suffered stab wounds, and an attempt had been made to smother her.

Mr Menary said the fire had been started to give the false impression of an accident.

But there was no evidence to prove Cayton had started it.

Cayton's lawyer, David Steer QC said her relationship with her mother had been strained.

``There was a lot of complaining, Mrs Robinson seemed to be ungrateful and the defendant seemed to be resentful of her.''

The judge added: ``No explanation has been forthcoming for what has happened.

``Your mind has been blank about the crucial and violent moment.

``You attacked her inside her own home, the very place where she should have been at her safest in the care of her own daughter.`` Speaking after the case Detective Chief Inspector Francis Youell said: ``The overwhelming feeling in this case is one of great sadness.''
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 23, 2004
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