Former goalkeeper ‘heard voices telling him to kill mom’ three years before beating her to death

A former janitor warned that he would kill his elderly mother THREE YEARS before beating her to death, but he was allowed to move back in with her.

And a serious review of the case has now revealed how authorities and even bank staff ‘missed opportunities’ to help 81-year-old Beryl Hammond escape cruel domestic abuser Darren Hammond.

The alcoholic kept his mother’s body in his bedroom for weeks after her brutal death at his home in Ebrook Road, Sutton Coldfield. The unemployed thug, who had been living on his pension, was later jailed for 12 years for manslaughter.

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Now a review has revealed how authorities missed an opportunity to intervene in the domestic and financial abuse of Ms Hammond by her own murderous son. She had also suffered years of violence from her now-deceased ex-husband.

The report does not name Ms Hammond, but uses the pseudonym ‘Rita’. She recounted how police were called to her family’s property in June 2014 after her mother called her 999 and she “appeared anxious and scared” after her son pushed her down the road. ground floor window.

Police officers arrived to find the terrified and injured mother sitting in the garden with Hammond, who was armed with four knives.


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