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Family’s missed chances after son kills 100-year-old mother

PUBLISHED: 15:11 25 August 2010

THE family of Hannah Fitzgibbon spoke of their regret at not stepping in to help care for her before she was knifed to death by her son Michael.

Hannah ’s nephew Bill Dennison said he and other members of the family had expressed a wish to help care for his aunt in September last year.

He said: “We all said that Michael looked tired and that we should give him a break. If we’d done something to help maybe this would never have happened and Aunt Hannah would still be here. He had given up his life for her. He loved her and it’s hard to believe he would have done anything to hurt her.”

Michael Fitzgibbon, who is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, pleaded guilty to manslaughter after admitting knifing his mother.

He feared his condition was deteriorating faster than that of his centenarian mother, the Old Bailey heard on Monday.

He has been remanded in prison until sentencing on September 13.

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