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Woman stabbed mum to death in brutal attack before dumping severed head by river

A woman who stabbed her mum to death before chopping up her corpse and disposing of the body parts in bin liners is now subject to a hospital order.

Lucy Fox, 39, allegedly killed her mum Judy Fox, 65, in June last year in the kitchen of her home in Shifnal, Shropshire, before being dumped by the side of a river.

The daughter dismembered the body before she dumped the remains in the undergrowth in woodland close to the River Severn in Coalport, Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard.

Lucy then used her mum's bank card in Asda to buy a ready meal, whisky, and bin liners. she would later use to dispose of her mother's body parts, it was claimed.

Police officers discovered Mrs Fox's severed head in a plastic bag four weeks later on July 10 before finding her other body parts scattered around the area in several bin liners.

Mr Hegarty added: "Hidden in the undergrowth was a bag that contained Judith Fox's severed head. The area was subject to very careful search – shoulders, two legs and some fragments of skin and the right breast were found.

"These were examined by a forensic pathologist, he found the segments of the breast and shoulder showed the presence of stab wounds.

"The stab injuries might have been caused when Judith Fox was attacked but they might have also been caused when Judith Fox was being dismembered.

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"But I will ask you to bear in mind that Lucy Fox was armed with a knife, she killed her mother. She was then cut up and then disposed of."

The 39-year-old had been deemed unfit to stand trial so jurors were asked to establish the facts of the case in her absence.

A jury of six men and six women took three hours to unanimously decide Fox was responsible for her mum's death and she was also found to have committed a further act of setting a fire without lawful excuse at her brother's home address.

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Fox was made subject to a mental health restriction order and will be detained in Ardenleigh Hospital in Birmingham.

The court heard Fox would spend "a very considerable degree of life in hospital" after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

Judge Kristina Montgomery QC thanked the jury for their service during the "harrowing" case.

She told them: "No doubt you have imagined the devastation this has wreaked on the family and how awful it must have been for them to sit through the evidence.

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"I pay tribute to their dignity throughout."

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Bellamy, of West Mercia Police, said after the case: "This was a tragic and senseless killing that has left a family absolutely devastated by the loss of their mother, sister and grandmother in truly horrific circumstances and my thoughts remain with them at this incredibly difficult time.

"This was a challenging and complex investigation and I'd like to thank the investigation team for their hard work and commitment that has meant the Jury has reached the verdict it has today."

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