Cane guilty of mum murder

PUBLISHED: 10:42 25 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:42 25 July 2013

Andrew Cane

Andrew Cane

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‘Mummy’s boy’ Andrew Cane has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murdering his ‘adored’ mother.

Mum murderer Cane was high on cocaine when he violently strangled Linda Sheard, 63, at her Port Mer Close home in the early hours of July 11 last year, writes Becca Gliddon.

During an argument over his drug taking, dad-of-three Cane punched and kicked his mum in a violent attack, pinning her down on her bedroom floor and strangling her with his belt as she struggled and fought to survive.

In sentencing Cane to 15 years behind bars, Judge Francis Gilbert QC, sitting at Exeter Crown Court, said: “You have been convicted on the most overwhelming evidence of murder – killing your mother by strangulation with a belt as you knelt on top of her in her own bedroom.

“You put that belt around her neck and pulled it as tightly as was possible. The evidence and common sense demonstrates there could be no realistic doubt whatsoever you intended to kill her.

“I accept that you loved her. I accept that, as your father said in his evidence, if you had not been under the influence of alcohol and cocaine you would not have done what you did.

“At the time you had the necessary intent to kill, as the jury have rightly and inevitably found.”

Cocaine addict Cane snorted the drug just hours before he killed his mum.

In his drug-fuelled rage he punched and kicked her, threw her to the floor, knelt on her to pin her down while he strangled her from behind with his belt.

Leaving her dying on her bedroom floor, Cane stole her purse and fled the scene.

He took a taxi to Tesco’s cashpoint where he used his mum’s bank card to steal £200 from her account to buy drugs, then spent the night snorting cocaine and drinking with his drug dealer.

He went on the run the following morning, stealing his dead mum’s car, and was arrested in Gloucester.

After sentencing Cane, the court was told he had previously been cautioned for two assaults on his ex-
partner. He put his hands around her throat on both occasions, once knocking her to the floor.

Detective Inspector Gregg Dawe thanked Mrs Sheard’s family for the help given to police during the investigation. He added: “This was an unprovoked, violent assault on his defenceless, caring and supportive mother, which has resulted in her death.”

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