Face of North Staffordshire killer, 21, who battered his mum to death

Killer Finn Henry has this afternoon been jailed for seven-and-a-half years after battering his mum to death. Suzanne Henry lost her fight for life at the Royal Stoke University Hospital two days after being found with head and facial injuries at the family's home, on Newcastle Road, in Madeley.

Staffordshire Police launched a murder investigation following the 54-year-old's death. But Henry was high on drugs, initially unfit to be quizzed by police, and later admitted a charge of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The 21-year-old was sentenced at Northampton Crown Court this afternoon. His 11-and-a-half year extended sentence means he will be subject to a four-year licence following his prison release.

Police had been called to the crime scene at 9.46pm on May 1 last year after a neighbour raised the alarm.

Detective Inspector Adrian Webb said: "Finn Henry attacked his mother inside their family home. We were called to the area after people saw Finn acting suspiciously in the street. He had blood on him and appeared to be under the influence of drugs. A neighbour, who knew the family, later found Suzanne badly injured inside her home and called 999. She had suffered significant trauma to her face and head.

"Officers were quick to arrive at the scene and start investigating. Suzanne was rushed to hospital by paramedics but tragically died as a result of her injuries two days later. Finn presented himself to officers at the scene shortly after the attack and was arrested. He was deemed not medically fit for interview until the following day. Finn was subsequently charged with murder."

DI Webb added: “The events on 1 May last year had an immeasurable and devastating impact on Suzanne’s family. They have shown dignity, resilience and strength in the most unimaginable ordeal and I’d like to offer my heartfelt condolences.

“This tragic case also caused a great deal of shock and concern in the local community and I would like to thank those who offered information and spoke to us across Madeley as part of this investigation. Everyone has played a vital role in gathering evidence, reassuring those affected and securing the conviction. Even though our investigation is complete, my thoughts, and the thoughts of my team that worked with Suzanne’s family, are still very much with them.”

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