Woman stabs mum, wraps body in curtain and leaves her under stairs for 2 months

A woman has been jailed for life after murdering her own mother, wrapping the body in a curtain and then hiding it under the stairs for two months.

Cassandra Scott, 36, stabbed mum Beverley Scott, 58, 10 times and pierced the back of her heart twice in a drug-fuelled rage at her home in Manchester.

Cassandra had been living with her mum in Longsight, Manchester, and is said to have wrapped the butchered body of her mother in plastic sheets, old curtains and bed covers.

Police say she also threw paint over the body in an attempt to mask the smell.

Concerns raised over the whereabouts of Beverley Scott led to the discovery two months later when a housing officer visited the premises.

Scott handed herself over to police and accepted responsibility for her mother's death, CPS said.

She had pleaded not guilty to murder, claiming self-defence and loss of control, but was found guilty after a six day trial at Manchester Crown Court, where she was jailed for life and will serve a minimum of 17 years behind bars.

Beverley's body was found on Friday 11 June 2021, more than two months after she was last seen collecting a prescription from a pharmacy.

Police believe Beverley was killed between the 25 March and 1 April, although no motive for the killing has been released.

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Scott disposed of the knife and her clothes in a bin, stayed at a friend's house nearby to the scene of the crime and brought her mother's dog with her, repeatedly lying to family members and friends about her mother's whereabouts.

A series of lies from Scott to concerned family and friends said she was in rehab, that she didn't want to talk to the family, that she was fine and in one instance that she had died in hospital.

She also withdrew money from Beverley's bank account, using the cash to buy drugs and support herself.

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Concern for Beverley's whereabouts were raised when she failed to pick up her weekly prescriptions, which led to a forced entry of the home where the body was discovered.

Scott was arrested on suspicion of murder the next day.

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."

Gary Crawford, senior 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."

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