Son, 20, who killed his own mother in drug-fuelled rage is jailed

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Finn Henry -Credit:No credit

A man who confessed to killing his own mother in a drug-induced frenzy at their Staffordshire home has been sentenced to over seven years in prison. Suzanne Henry, 54, died in hospital two days after being brutally assaulted by her son, Finn Henry, 20, in the village of Madeley, Staffordshire, on May 1 last year.

A court was told a shocked neighbour discovered Suzanne with severe injuries and "significant trauma to her face and head", prompting them to call 999. Police were also alerted by other locals who noticed Finn Henry behaving oddly in the street around 9.45pm.

He was found drenched in blood and seemingly under the influence of drugs. Paramedics rushed Suzanne from the scene on Newcastle Road to the hospital, but she died of her injuries on May 3.

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Henry was taken into custody but wasn't considered medically fit for questioning until the next day, leading to his charge of murder. However, this charge was dropped by prosecutors after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter due to diminished responsibility on the first day of his trial at Stafford Crown Court in November.

Today (Mon May 20), Henry received a sentence of seven years and four months, along with an extended sentence period of four years at Northampton Crown Court. Detective Inspector Adrian Webb, from Staffordshire Police, commented: "The events on 1 May last year had an immeasurable and devastating impact on Suzanne's family.

Suzanne Henry
Suzanne Henry -Credit:Staffs Police

"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."