Cassandra Scott, 36, stabbed her mum Beverley 10 times in crack cocaine-fuelled rage, then left her body in the house they shared for two-and-a-half months. Beverley, 58, had previously told police she was “terrified” of her daughter and her temper. Police had previously been called out after Ms Scott kicked her in the chest and punched her to the ground.
A judge blasted Ms Scott, of Longsight, Manchester for trying to “blacken” her mum’s name, by claiming she had come at her with a knife.
He added that Ms Scott “pounced” on Beverley with a 21-centimetre kitchen knife when she had her back turned.
Ms Scott then dragged her mum’s body from the grisly scene in the kitchen to a cupboard under the stairs, having wrapped it in plastic and covered it in bedding and curtains.
Mr Justice Calver accepted that Ms Scott had an “appalling childhood”, witnessing domestic violence and drug abuse.
He said: “I am sure that everyone in court felt enormous sympathy with you for having to endure such a miserable childhood.
“But the fact that Beverley Scott was addicted to drugs does not make her life worth any less than anyone else and does not remotely justify what happened to her.
“She did not deserve to die such a violent and terrifying death.”
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Today at Manchester Crown Court, Ms Scott was handed a life sentence for murder, and ordered to serve a minimum of 17 years.
The judge told Ms Scott: “It is clear to me that when you drink or take drugs you are prone to physically violent outbursts of temper.
“I am sure that fuelled by crack cocaine, you pounced on her with the knife while her back was turned to you.
“You had the audacity to allege self-defence, that was both callous and cowardly.
“I am satisfied that for whatever reason, at the time of the incident, your intention was to kill Beverley.”
The judge rejected the defendant’s explanation that the argument flared up after she told her mum she was moving back in with her ex-partner.
The judge added: “What you did after the murder is in some ways was equally shocking.”
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Ms Scott did not call for an ambulance and went to stay with a friend, leaving her mother’s body to decompose, the court heard.
She lied about her whereabouts, claiming she was in rehab.
It is unclear when Beverley was killed, but the judge said it most likely occurred on April 1.
Beverley’s body was discovered on June 11.
After the hearing, Gary Crawford, Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS North West said: “We may never know what drove Cassandra Scott to stab her mother in such a persistent and violent way.
“Today’s sentence reflects the seriousness of the case and the callous and devious way Cassandra Scott sought to cover up what she had done.”
GMP Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe said: “This was a brutal murder, and not only did Cassandra take Beverley’s life, she did everything in her power to conceal it – lying to family friends and neighbours, causing them extreme upset and distress.
“My thoughts remain with Beverley’s loved ones as they try to come to terms with what has happened.
“We’re pleased that Cassandra Scott will spend at least 17 years in prison, and while this sentencing won’t bring Beverley back, I hope it’ll offer her family some closure to a horrendous chapter in their lives.
“I want to thank Beverley’s family for their patience during this ordeal, and I hope this sentence sends a strong message that we will always seek to bring those responsible for crimes such as this to justice and work to gather enough evidence to ensure they are removed from society for as long as possible.”
Additional reporting by Andrew Bardsley