Alexander McDonald ‘cannot remember fatal attack’
18 June 2015
From the section Somerset
Alexander McDonald denies murdering his mother
A man who sexually assaulted his mother before killing has told a court he has no memory of it.
Alexander McDonald, 27, admits carrying out the fatal attack but denies murdering Catherine McDonald, 57, in their home in Somerset in 2014.
He told Exeter Crown Court he got drunk and took cocaine, and could remember nothing until finding himself upside down in a crashed car near Tiverton.
The defendant, of Hilly Park, Norton Fitzwarren, admits manslaughter.
The victim was strangled and stabbed with a kitchen knife, a knitting needle and scissors.
McDonald agreed he was responsible for the killing but told the jury it happened during a nine hour period of which he has no memory.
Catherine McDonald was stabbed and strangled in her home in the Somerset village of Norton Fitzwarren
He said he got on well with his mother and had no reason to kill and sexually assault her.
He told the court: “If I knew what had happened I would be able to shine some light on it or at least know how it started and how I could do something like that.
“I have no memory. I can’t say how it happened or why it happened or anything …read more
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