A SON has been found not guilty of killing his elderly mum following a row over Christmas dinner potatoes.
Mark Jennens’ family had said there was no public interest in the case and wept with joy as the 40-year-old was cleared.
The court heard he had manhandled his mother after the argument before the 78-year-old fell and broke her hip – she died of complications on January 20.
Following the trial, Mark said: “It was never the thought of prison that bothered me. It was the stigma of being the man that killed his own mother.”
Mark’s sister Dawn said: “The whole family have stuck by Mark.
“There was no public interest in this case. It was only going to hurt the family.”
The court had heard that for more than ten years Jennens had cared for his mother, who suffered from lung cancer and emphysema.
Jennens, her carer, told a 999 operator: “After being told I’m stupid for trying to sort Christmas dinner out I just lost it.”
Rachel Brand QC, prosecuting, said: “They argued about potatoes. He got angry, threw a writing pad across the table.
“He said ‘that is the last time you speak to me like that’.
“She responded to that by leaning forward and gritting her teeth.
“He panicked, went to the arm chair and picked her up and frogmarched her to the door to get her away from him.
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“His intention was to put her outside and slam the door. He held her arms, then she was on the floor.”
“After undergoing surgery at Russells Hall Hospital, she began making a recovery, but on January 18 she fell unwell and died two days later at the hospital.
“They have an argument and in the course of it he pushes or throws her to the floor.”
Jennens of Brierly Hill, West Mids, had been the sole carer for his mother for ten years and was taking antidepressants at the time of the incident.
The jury took one-and-a-half hours to clear Jennens.