Case: Stabbed to death at her home: Rose Jatto
Rose Jatto
Case unsolved
Status: Solved
Categories: Domestic, Mental Illness
Case synopsis:

Rose Jatto, 61, was stabbed 56 times by her mentally-ill son in a frenzied attack at her home.

She was found with knife wounds to the neck at the flat in Kenbury Gardens, Camberwell, south London, at 6.30pm on January 4, 2009.

Her son Wehinmi Metsagharun, 27, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

On December 16, 2010, he was detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.

The Old Bailey heard was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the killing. His condition had not been diagnosed despite disturbing changes in his behaviour.

Metsagharun had started sleeping rough but regularly visited his mother. On one occasion he grabbed her round the neck and demanded money.

On January 4 he dialled 999 and told the operator he had stabbed his mother. He then went on the run.

Hospital records revealed he was admitted to hospital with hypothermia and frostbite on January 18, 2009, and both his legs were amputated below the knee on February 4.

But Metsagharun was not arrested until July 4 when he handed himself in at Kilburn police station and told police: 'I need to hand myself in, I'm wanted. I shouldn't have done it I was drunk.'

Judge Peter Thornton QC said: 'Your mother was 60 years of age and worked as a nursing assistant. You were one of her four children and she gave you financial support when you were out of work.

'She was distressed at your mental health problems and worried that you might one day kill her. That her fears came true is truly tragic.

'I have considered the limited options which are available to me. Prison is not a realistic option in the light of your past history, your present circumstances and the recommendations of the doctors.'

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