Dying mother tells son 'I love you' as he repeatedly stabs her before trying to kill himself to end their 'nightmare life'

Earlier, the same day, 41-year-old Jason Nellist killed his pet cat Gizmo with a rope and then told a friend of his that he wanted to end his family's 'nightmare life'


                            Dying mother tells son 'I love you' as he repeatedly stabs her before trying to kill himself to end their 'nightmare life'

A dying mother reportedly told her son "I love you" as he was stabbing her to death in her kitchen. The 41-year-old son, Jason Nellist, repeatedly stabbed his 59-year-old mother Julie Clark as she pleaded with him: "What are you doing?"

Earlier, the same day, Nellist killed his pet cat Gizmo with a rope and then told a friend of his that he wanted to end his family's "nightmare life". After he stabbed Clark to death, Nellist walked out in front of a van in what was a failed attempt at killing himself. Authorities found his mother's body slumped on the kitchen floor in her house in Hereford on January 9 this year at around 10 pm.

Mirror Online reported that Nellist was found guilty of murder at the Birmingham Crown Court on November 28 after he was deemed unfit to plead because of his mental illness. It was reported that he suffered from paranoid psychosis.



 

Phil Bradley, the prosecutor, said that officers were called to investigate when Nellist was taken to a nearby hospital after his failed suicide attempt. Authorities were not aware at the time that he has mental health problems and an officer went to Clark's home at 7 pm but no one answered. He went back at 10 pm and proceeded to the back of the house where he found the mother's body in a pool of blood.

The court heard how just the previous night before the killings, Nellist had recorded a message on his iPhone explaining what his "plan" was and then sent it to a friend. In the message, the man said that he did not want to do it but that he was going to end the lives of his mother, his cat and take his own life because of their "nightmare life".



 

He said in the message: "The last thing on earth I would ever want to do is harm anyone... I want to take us all to a more comfortable, happy place." The following day, Nellist went to B&Q at about 10:30 am and bought rope and a hacksaw before he went back to his apartment in Bobblestock, Hereford. He brutally strangled his cat with the rope until it died and then went back into Hereford to buy knives.

During his interview with detectives, Nellist described how he had gone to his mother's house in the afternoon and then proceeded to repeatedly stab her in the back. Bradley said: "She turned and asked him why he had done that. She asked what the matter was and said she loved him. He said he told her he loved her more."



 

Nellist told investigators that he wanted his mother's death to be quick and that is why he used the knife on her again after she collapsed to the floor. He told the officers: "It was all over in a couple of minutes." The man is scheduled to be sentenced later on November 29.

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