Nineteen-year old Rebecca Durkin has been detained for smothering her alcoholic mother with a pillow at their Merseyside home. Clancy Durkin, 55, was found dead at Guildford Road, Southport, in January.
Rebecca Durkin, 19, was cleared of murder by a jury at Liverpool
Crown Court but she admitted manslaughter.
Sentencing her to four years and eight months at a youth offenders
institution, Judge Clement Goldstone QC said she had suffered
“long-term cruelty” at the hands of her mother.
“You did your best for each other, but you suffered long-term
cruelty at her hands.
“Her addiction to alcohol clouded her judgement,” Judge
Goldstone, the Recorder of Liverpool, told her.
“You’d had enough and that is something you will have to live with
for the rest of your life.”
During her trial, Rebecca Durkin said she had not intended to kill
her mother but she lost control.
The Crown Prosecution (CPS) said Clancy had a “troubled
relationship” with her daughter.
The two women argued frequently and Clancy told relatives she
thought Rebecca was going to kill her, the CPS said.
It said her mother had called staff at Southport College, where her
daughter was a student, claiming Rebecca had tried to smother
Rebecca confided in friends she had tried to kill her mother and
had attempted suicide because of the problems she was having
with her mother, the CPS said.
Claire Lindley, from the CPS, said: “This is a tragic case where
alcohol has no doubt played a part in the relationship Rebecca had
with her mother.
“Rebecca Durkin had been receiving counselling to help her with
the relationship, but in January this year she took her mother’s life
and she must now come to terms with the consequences of that.”
Det Ch Insp Dave Rooney said it was “a case with no winners”.
“What was clear during the investigation, was that despite all the
difficulties in her life, Clancy was a caring individual who gave a
great deal to those around her.
“I know from my dealings with them, she will be sadly missed by
her siblings, friends and work colleagues.”