Son accepts killing his mum in ‘tragic’ incident at their home

A man accused of murdering his mum has accepted responsibility for killing her in a "tragic" incident.

But Andrew Tinton, 54, is yet to enter any formal plea over the death of 82-year-old Rose Marie Tinton.

Psychiatrists must now evaluate whether he is fit to enter a plea and whether he may have a partial defence of diminished responsibility.

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Tinton was hit by a train close to Kirkdale train station and taken to hospital with serious injuries on January 29 last year.

That triggered police to visit the home he shared with his mum, in Folkestone Road, Southport, to inform her of his injuries.

But there officers discovered the body of Mrs Tinton, better known as Marie, after which her son was arrested.

Officers were unable to question Tinton for several months due to the severity of his injuries.

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He was charged with murder in September and appeared at Liverpool Crown Court this afternoon via video link from Rowan View hospital, a medium secure unit in Rainhill.

Nigel Power, QC, prosecuting, said a murder trial had been fixed for April 4 this year.

However, he said: "The most recent letter from his treating clinician, dated January 10, 2022, suggests that diminished responsibility may be an issue, but as yet fitness to plead has not been determined by her."

Julian Nutter, defending, said defence lawyers were in the process of instructing a psychiatrist of their own.

Mr Power said the prosecution had instructed a psychiatrist, whose report would be available in four to six weeks.

He requested the case be adjourned until February 25 "by which time there should be at least one report from a qualified psychiatrist, which is likely to inform the future of the case".

Mr Nutter said his client already had a diagnosis of mental health issues.

He added: "He made full and frank admissions to this tragic killing."

Mr Power said a "Better Case Management" form, completed when Tinton previously appeared before magistrates, said there was "no dispute he was responsible for the act".

Judge Denis Watson, QC, adjourned the case until February 25 and remanded Tinton in custody until that hearing.

He told Tinton the court was still awaiting greater information from the two doctors about "if and when it's appropriate" for the charge of murder to be put to him.

Judge Watson said: "Until we've got that information, you're not going to be asked to say whether your guilty or not guilty."

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Mrs Tinton was described by friends as a "warm hearted" and "gentle" person who welcomed visitors.

Former friends from the Bahá'í Faith spoke of their affection for Mrs Tinton, whose husband John died around a year previously.

Along with her husband, she was a former director of the Spiritual Assembly of the Baháʼís of Sefton, before resigning in 2002.

Speaking shortly after her death, one former member of the religion said: "I got to know Marie in the late 1990s.

"Shortly afterwards she decided to register as a member of the Baha'i Faith and became a member of our Community in Southport.

Emergency services were called out to a house in Folkestone Road, Southport

"Marie lived quite close to the supermarket where we shopped and I used to pop in to say hello.

"Marie always welcomed people into their home where we shared cooking ideas and had many meaningful conversations which always brought smiles and laughter and our friendship grew."

The friend added: "As with all things our circumstances changed and Marie travelled quite a lot to somewhere in Liverpool to be near her family.

"She was a warm hearted and kind person and was there for other people.

"I met her on the local bus and visits to her home ceased as we moved house.

"Thinking of Marie's family I am sending my condolences and saying that she will be missed for her quiet, gentle attitude and calm way she dealt with the challenges she had to face."

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