A cocaine-fuelled cross-dresser has been sentenced to life in jail for murdering his mum and decapitating her with an ornamental sword.
Philip Tarver, 47, will serve a minimum of 19 years behind bars for killing Angela, 86, at the family home in Woking, Surrey.
The songwriter placed her head in the freezer after he had killed her on December 19 last year, the Old Bailey heard. He was also convicted of threatening to kill his 84-year-old father Colin.
The jury rejected Tarver's claim that his father had killed Mrs Tarver and tried to pin it on him.
On the morning of the murder, the killer walked downstairs wearing a woman's negligee and began unplugging electrical items before going back upstairs. Colin confronted his son about his "entirely unusual" behaviour, behaviour Tarver began shouting and pushed his father out of his bedroom.
Colin told the court his wife had been sitting in the kitchen before he heard a scream and saw Mrs Tarver lying on her back.
He noticed his son holding an ornamental sword which he had used to stab his mother in the chest, killing her in seconds. Colin then grabbed the sword and wrestled his son to disarm him.
The horrified dad said his son looked "strange" and "demented".
He called 999 but before Surrey Police arrived, Tarver had placed his mother's head in the freezer.
Son accused of decapitating elderly mum with ornamental sword looked 'demented'
Colin thanked the jury, some of whom returned for the sentencing, as he talked about losing the "love" of his life.
He said: "I have lost my best friend and the love of my life, she was the light of my life and now that light has gone out, cruelly extinguished.
"There have been nights where I have been unable to sleep and have lain awake replaying the accusations that have been made towards me wondering what on earth I could have done to make Philip say those things about me.
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"(The jury) have had to listen to and view evidence that would have been unpleasant for them to hear and see.
"I am truly thankful for their forbearance and patience."
The court heard that Tarver had been questioning his gender identity for years and often wore women's clothing.
He had lived with his parents all his life while they supported him financially. The unemployed killer also drank heavily, regularly as much as six cans of beer a night as well as spirits, and would often spend the money his parents gave him on illegal drugs.
But three separate psychiatrists agreed that he had no underlying mental health disorder, and had been in the grip of psychosis brought on by cocaine and cannabis when he killed his mother.
Judge Anne Molyneux QC accepted Tarver would not have harmed his mother if he had not been in a state of psychosis.
But she said: "(The psychosis) was not caused by alcohol. It was induced by your voluntary consumption of prohibited drugs – this means that a verdict of manslaughter by diminished responsibility was not afforded to you."
For the threats to kill his father, Tarver was sentenced to 18 months, to run concurrently with the term for his murder conviction.
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