A teenager who brutally killed his mum by stabbing her over 80 times with a hunting knife has been given a life sentence.
Aaron Matthew launched the ferocious attack on his mum, Ingrid, at his flat in Highfields, Leicester, last September.
On September 11 Ingrid's body was found at the address by her former partner who was also Matthew’s father.
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Matthew, 19, used a hunting knife he had purchased without his family’s knowledge to kill his mum before fleeing to Peterborough and eventually handing himself into police.
In April Matthew pleaded guilty to killing 54-year-old Ingrid and changed his plea from murder, with which he’d been charged, to manslaughter.
During the trial he was branded “dangerous” and posing a “serious risk to the community”, The Mirror reports.
Post-mortem examinations found Ingrid suffered a total of 83 knife blows during the frenzied attack and that force had chipped her skull and fractured three ribs. Experts said she likely bled to death.
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The court heard that Matthew's autism diagnosis would have “impaired his judgement” in the moments around the stabbing.
Despite his claims he had no recollection of events, prosecutors said they believed Matthew still largely understood what he had done.
Kate Goddard QC said at today's hearing: “He did not call for help for his mother after stabbing Ingrid and was unable to be contacted until one day after the [killing].”
Narita Bahra QC, who was defending Matthew, said: “In previous letters, he accepts he has done wrong and knows he cannot bring his mother back. This is a young man who knows he will receive a significant sentence."
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Judge Adrienne Lucking QC described the events as a “deeply sad case” for the family of both Ingrid and Matthew, saying “no sentence” would cover the loss of Ingrid.
Matthew was sentenced today (August 2) at Leicester Crown Court and will have to serve at least six years and 226 days behind bars before he can be considered for release.
Matthew was also issued with two restraining orders preventing him from contacting his grandmother and another relative for the rest of their lives.
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Speaking after sentencing, senior investigator Detective Inspector Nicole Main, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, said: “Only Aaron Matthew can explain why he took his own mother’s life. I hope today’s sentencing can provide a degree of closure to Ingrid’s family and those to who she was closest.
“Sadly, no sentence given will bring her back and my heartfelt condolences go out to them as they continue with the grieving process to come to terms with their loss.”
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