Wandsworth man sent to mental hospital after slitting mother’s throat


William ‘Buck’ Smith was convicted of manslaughter.

By Jack Crone

A man who battered his mother with a saucepan before slitting her throat was locked away in a mental hospital yesterday.

On December 27 last year, William ‘Buck’ Smith, 50, of Atheldene Road, Earlsfield, called police to inform them that he had killed Dolores Smith, 87.

Asked why he had done it, he replied: “Because she is my mother and I love her”.

Police found Mrs Smith of Kennet Close, Way Down Estate, Battersea, lying on the kitchen floor surrounded by three blood-stained saucepans and a kitchen knife. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A resident told Wandsworth Guardian:

“The first thing we heard about it was when a friend called me to say there were police outside the house.

“We asked what happened but no one was saying anything.

“One woman who lives opposite said she heard shouting that morning but it’s all still a bit of mystery.”

On Wednesday, Smith denied a charge of murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter. The Old Bailey judge accepted this and sentenced him to a hospital order, meaning that he will be locked up in a mental institution indefinitely.  

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