Son admits killing mum in violent Troon rampage

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A SON has admitted killing his mother and battering his father after in a violent attack at the family home.

Graeme Morris attacked his parents – Anne (63) and Fred (64) – after turning up at the couple’s £400,000 bungalow in Troon, Ayrshire, in October last year.

Morris - an unemployed artist - flew into a rage after mistakenly believing his parents had harmed him as a child.

Mrs Morris died from a serious heart condition.

Morris today admitted to the culpable homicide of his mother at the High Court in Glasgow.

The 38 year-old also pled guilty to assaulting his dad to the danger of his life.

The court heard how Morris’s former partner Emma Russell had become “concerned” about his behaviour in the year prior to the killing.

Former Glasgow School of Art student Morris made completely false allegations that he had previously been harmed by his parents.

He was said to be “obsessed with the idea that he was a genius”.

On 5 October last year - the day of the attacks - Morris travelled from his home in Brighton to Troon and turned up unexpectedly at his parents house.

The couple were sitting in the conservatory and his mum seemed shocked to see him.

Morris ranted: “I’m here to see you and him. If you still deny it, you must be part of it, you f****** bitch.”

He grabbed his mum by the hair before flooring his dad with a punch.

As Mrs Morris tried to get up, he slapped her in the face.

Morris then continued battering his helpless dad as he lay on the ground.

Morris went out into the garden appearing to look for a spade.

Prosecutor Andrew Miller told the court: “He explained to police later that he planned to scare his father into believing that he was going to dig a hole for him.”

A terrified Mr Morris fled his property and went to a nearby house for help.

His neighbours initially did not recognise because his head was covered in blood.

The court heard Morris stormed after his father and dragged him across the ground.

Mr Miller said: “The accused continued his assault and then stripped his father naked apart from his socks before repeatedly kicking him.”

Morris eventually stopped and made his escape shortly before police arrived.

He initially went to Troon beach to change his clothes before boarding a train to Glasgow.

Police meanwhile discovered a badly-beaten Mr Morris, who told him his son was responsible.

Mrs Morris was then found slumped on a sofa in the bungalow apparently not breathing.

The couple were both taken to hospital where Mrs Morris was pronounced dead.

The court heard that the next morning Morris called his ex-lover Miss Russell shortly before he got on a train to London.

He told her he had “hit his dad” adding: “I think my mum is dead - I think she’s had a stroke or a heart attack.

“I don’t know if I am sane or insane or should be locked up in a loony bin.”

Morris was detained as he got off the train later that day at Euston Station before being brought back to Scotland for questioning.

He confessed to hitting his parents and telling his dad at one point: “Your wife doesn’t look very well”.

Judge Lord Uist imposed an interim compulsion order for Morris to remain at the State Hospital in Carstairs.

Morris will return to the dock in May.

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