Stapleford man convicted of killing his mother


A man from Stapleford has been convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility after killing his mother in Leicestershire last year.

Stuart Frederick Mayes was at his parent’s home in Rockingham Close, Shepshed, when he attacked his mother Maria Mayes during the early of hours of the morning on 11 October 2014.

Mayes lived in Thorpe Close, Stapleford, but would stay at the family home during weekends.

The 36-year-old stabbed his mother a number of times and also seriously injured his sister when she tried to intervene.

A post-mortem examination confirmed that 67-year-old Mrs Mayes died from blood loss as a result of stab wounds.

Mayes appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Tuesday where he was convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and given a hospital order under the Mental Health Act.

An additional charge of attempted murder was ordered to stay on file.

Detective Sergeant Tim Lindley, the Senior Investigating Officer, said: “This case was a double tragedy for the family of Maria Mayes who have not only had to come to terms with her death, but also deal with the fact that she was killed by her son.

“This has been a difficult case and I would like to offer my condolences to the family and thank them for their co-operation and understanding throughout our investigation and subsequent court proceedings.”