Son 'beheaded' mum on Mother's Day

Published Thursday, 13 December 2012
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A paranoid schizophrenic who cut off his mother's head with a steak knife during a frenzied attack on Mother's Day last year has been jailed for five years.

Son 'beheaded' mum on Mother's Day
Coburn was given an indeterminate sentence. (© UTV)

35-year-old John Charles Coburn was handed the jail term as part of an indeterminate sentence.

However, Mr Justice Burgess warned that Coburn, who still hears his mother talking to him through his television, "may never be released".

Mr Justice Burgess explained that "for all intents and purposes it is equivalent to a life sentence", and that university educated Coburn's "release back into the community will be determined by the Parole Commissioners should they consider it safe to do so".

He had originally been charged with murdering his 53-year-old mother Lynn, but the charge was dropped when Coburn pleaded guilty to her "manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility".

He had claimed "she is trying to kill us you know".

Antrim Crown Court had heard: "Death was due to decapitation and multiple stab wounds to the head, neck and chest."

The court also heard that Coburn's 32-year-old brother Andrew was also injured in the brutal savage attack at their mother's Rossburn Manor home in the quiet Co Antrim village of Connor near Kells on April 3 last year.

© UTV News
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Indeterminate Sentence in UK wrote (628 days ago):
Why don't people READ carefully enough?? What is the point of reading without understanding? The man was given "an indeterminate sentence" and "may never be released" especially as long as he still hears "his mum speaking to him through the television" and would only ever be released should his parole officers "consider it safe to do so" Thanks for taking the time to read this, please take the time to read BEFORE posting comments in future...
Thomas in belfast wrote (735 days ago):
5 YEARS !!!! unreal....... how can you behead someone and only get 5 YEARS? shocking state of affairs and our legal system is to protect us.... what a joke! can't believe this .... how can the general public have faith in the legal system?maybe the judges need to get in touch with the real life, still can't believe 5 YEARS! O.M.G. what can be done to change this, PLENTY but as usual nothing....... SHOCKING......
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