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Catford loner stabbed mum 60 times 'to see if she came back from the dead'
A CATFORD loner who stabbed his elderly mother more than 60 times "to see if she came back from the dead" was locked up indefinitely today (October 4).
Simon Forgie, 42, believed that 79 year-old Pernella Forgie was not his real mother and had been replaced by an evil spirit. He also told psychiatrists he launched his attack after hearing voices ordering him to kill her.
Forgie, a paranoid schizophrenic, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
The Old Bailey heard Forgie shared a two-bedroom flat with his mother at Glenfarg Road, Catford, and was described by a neighbour as "somebody who seemed lost" but had never been diagnosed with any mental illness.
At around 1.15pm on February 6 Forgie turned up "wild-eyed" on the doorstep of neighbour Christopher Miller claiming that he had been locked out.
Mr Miller noticed spots off blood on his tracksuit bottoms and went round the house to investigate, finding Mrs Forgie slumped on the floor in a pool of blood.
She had suffered more than 50 stab wounds to the head and neck and another 10 to the chest, including fatal injuries to the heart and jugular vein.
Forgie told police who arrived at the scene: "I went crazy, I went crazy."
He later told a psychiatrists that he had been hearing voices and believed that the TV was trying control him.
Prosecutor Benedict Fitzgerald said: "For around four years he had believed his family were not his family and were evil or from the other side.
"He accepted killing Mrs Forgie. He said he heard instructive auditory hallucinations telling him to kill that woman.
"Part of his motivation for killing her was to see if she came back from the dead and confirm his suspicions."
Judge Stephen Kramer QC ordered Forgie to be detained indefinitely under sections 37 and 41 of the Mental Health Act for the protection of the public.
He said: "It is clear your mother was a lady who was loved and looked up to by all in the family and her death has left a huge void.
"Nothing I can do today can turn the clock back. All the psychiatrists are agreed that at the time of the killing you were psychotic and suffering from an abnormality of mental function."
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