A U.K. man accused of killing his mother after she criticized his cooking on Christmas Eve 2015 made his first appearance in court Wednesday.
Mark Jennens, 40, had been Hazel Jennens’ sole caregiver for 10 years when he said, “I just lost it and went to chuck her out the door.” Prosecutor Rachel Brand told the court that the two had argued about potatoes.
Jennens allegedly marched his mother, who had osteoporosis and lung cancer, to the door and threw her to the ground, fracturing her hip. She later died from bronchopneumonia in a hospital, the Telegraph reported.
Jennens said that after his mother criticized his potatoes, he told her, “That is the last time you speak to me like that.”
“She responded to that by leaning forward and gritting her teeth. He panicked, went to the arm chair and picked her up and frogmarched her to the door to get her away from him,” Brand told the Daily Mail. “His intention was to put her outside and slam the door. He held her arms, then she was on the floor.”
Prosecution credits the mother’s bronchopneumonia to the “cascade of events all led from a fractured hip which she suffered at her son’s hands.”
But Jenner, who was on anti-depressants at the time, argued that he shouldn’t be held responsible for her death.
The trial is ongoing.
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