Son to face trial accused of murdering elderly mother in Chipping Camden

Bristol Crown Court (Ben Birchall/PA) (PA Archive)
Bristol Crown Court (Ben Birchall/PA) (PA Archive)

A man is due to face trial later this year accused of murdering his elderly mother.

Matthew Corry, 45, has appeared before a judge at Bristol Crown Court accused of murdering Beatrice Corry, 84.

Mrs Corry died on January 6, after an incident in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire.

Officers were called to the High Street shortly after midnight on Friday where Mrs Corry was found with head injuries. She later died.

Judge Martin Picton said a plea and trial preparation hearing would take place on February 17, and Corry would face a two-week trial beginning on July 3.

The judge ordered pre-trial reports to be carried out on the defendant.

Corry, of The High Street, Chipping Campden, was not asked to enter a plea to the charge and was remanded into custody.

Mrs Corry is said to have been a keen historian, an Agatha Christie aficionado, and a member of organisation the University of the Third Age (u3a) which promotes non-formal learning.

Fellow member David Pegg reportedly told MailOnline Mrs Corry “was a lovely, selfless woman who did a lot of volunteering”.

“Beatrice was extremely well-known. She had a wonderful apartment in the town and she was still very active considering her age,” he added.

“Before she took over from me as Chairman of the history group, she used to sort out the tea and coffee for everybody.”

Mrs Corry is understood to have volunteered at charity shop Campden Home Nursing - in aid of a charitable trust providing home care for terminally ill people - for three years.

The trust’s CEO Helen Makaritis desribed Mrs Corry to MailOnline as “an incredible lady” with “so much energy”.

“Described as a ‘force of nature’ by the shop team, she was always positive and never afraid to voice her opinion, a very intelligent lady who was knowledgeable about so many things. Never without a scarf or a twinkle in her eye, she was loved by us all,” she added.