Son ad­mits stran­gling his el­derly mother

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A MAN has ad­mit­ted stran­gling his 71-year-old mother to death in the home they shared in Hayes.

Ma­jid Butt, of Gade Close, was ac­cused of mur­der­ing Onees Kha­toon at their home on May 13.

The job­less 51-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge dur­ing a hear­ing at the Old Bai­ley on Tues­day Septem­ber 4.

Af­ter killing his mother, Butt walked to Hayes po­lice sta­tion to tell of­fi­cers what he had done.

Po­lice at­tended the house where both Butt and his mother lived and found the body of Mrs Kha­toon. She was pro­nounced dead at 1.21pm.

A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion took place at Ful­ham Mor­tu­ary on May 14. While the cause of death has yet to be con­firmed, ev­i­dence of as­phyxia and trauma was iden­ti­fied, Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice said.

Butt had told of­fi­cers at the po­lice sta­tion that he had an ar­gu­ment with his mother and she threat­ened to throw him out of the house.

He had said: “I came here to con­fess that I have stran­gled my mother.”

Ev­i­dence was found that Butt had stran­gled Mrs Kha­toon with an elec­tri­cal ca­ble.

The de­fen­dant en­tered his plea via video-link from Bel­marsh Prison be­fore Judge Nicholas Cooke QC.

Grey-bearded Butt wore a pris­onis­sue grey track­suit for the brief court ap­pear­ance.

A large num­ber of fam­ily mem­bers sat in the pub­lic gallery to hear the plea.

Joe Stone QC, de­fend­ing, said: “It is a plea made freely on his be­half on con­sid­er­a­tion of all the facts.”

Pros­e­cu­tor Tom Lit­tle QC said Butt had ad­mit­ted the killing “very early on” fol­low­ing his mother’s death.

Judge Cooke ad­journed sen­tenc­ing un­til Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 12.

Ma­jid Butt is due to be sen­tenced to­day (Wed­nes­day) for the mur­der of his mother on May 13 – Butt pleaded guilty to the killing

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